Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy
At twenty-three, Dani Shapiro was in the midst of a major rebellion against her religious upbringing. She had dropped out of college, was halfheartedly acting in television commercials, and was carrying on with an older married man when her life was changed, in an instant, by a phone call. Her parents had been in a devastating car accident. Neither was expected to survive....more
This is nothing but a big whine. Poor me. Look at all these horrible things that happened to me. Wah wah wah. It's the story of a privileged woman making a lot of really stupid and narcissistic choices in her life, and then blaming the world for the way things turned out. There's no introspe ...more
23-year-old me would have relished this memoir, but 33-year-old me no longer thinks Elizabeth Wurtzel is the best writer of her generation and is not so enamored with addiction and/or depression memoirs anymore.
In her early twenties, Dani Shapiro is a college dropout, failed model/actress, cocaine addict, alcoholic, mistress of ...more
This is a major epic length whine by a poor little rich girl that makes me want to wretch.
She spends endless amounts of time telling us how her looks have made her..desirable. Now right here I have no choice but to say- how catty as it might seem ...more
I found the entire book engaging and read it in just a few sittings over one weekend. Shapiro avoids being self-deprecating nor boastful and shares ...more
It can be really easy to think that money, cars, mink coats, jewelry, Ivy League education, modeling in the 80's, sports cars, traveling on the Concorde like it was public transportation, jet-setting, international travel, and living in posh accommodations in NY would buy you a lot of opportunities to not be such a resounding fuck up.
But even if you removed all of Shapiro's relentless driving home that she is of wealth- you still ...more
Dani Shapiro brings to the page unflinching truths about herself in her early to mid-20s. Raised in the Jewish tradition, Dani was also raised with money and privilege. Now in her second decade, she has become the mistress of her best friend's step-father.
From here, you can expect to read about multiple falls from grace but also an awakening triggered by the phone c ...more
The book begins with both of her parents barely surviving a horrible car accident and with her father dying shortly thereaft ...more
She lives with her husband and young son in Litchfield County, Connecticut.