7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA

DATE: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
TIME: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
LOCATION: Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA


Join New York Times Bestselling Authors Dani Shapiro and Gretchen Rubin in conversation for a Special LIVE Episode of Dani’s Hit Podcast, “Family Secrets”


Dani Shapiro, author of the memoir INHERITANCE, and Gretchen Rubin, author of THE FOUR TENDENCIES, will come together in conversation about families, happiness, secrets, and what we owe each other in this age of personal DNA discoveries. The event will be a Live episode of Dani’s hit podcast Family Secrets and will be recorded for later broadcast.

Special Feature: the event will be followed by a private tea with the authors! Separate tickets are required – see below.


What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.mystery of her own lineage as she questions the notion of lineage itself: What makes a father a father? And how are we shaped by our family lore? This beautifully crafted book is full of wisdom and heart, showing that what we don’t know about our parents may not be as important as what we do.



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