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Dani Shapiro

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Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. She lives with her family in LItchfield County, Connecticut. Her latest memoir, Inheritance, will be published by Knopf in January, 2019. ...more

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Dani Shapiro Don't compare your work to others. Turn off your phone. Don't go online -- hah! You're here on Goodreads. But you know what I mean. The best work come…moreDon't compare your work to others. Turn off your phone. Don't go online -- hah! You're here on Goodreads. But you know what I mean. The best work comes from a quiet mind. (less)
Dani Shapiro It's a privilege to attempt to shape the chaos of life into something with a shape -- to try to make sense of this world, whether writing fiction or m…moreIt's a privilege to attempt to shape the chaos of life into something with a shape -- to try to make sense of this world, whether writing fiction or memoir. And to connect with others through the written word. I wrote in my book Still Writing that writing saved my life -- it is my disease AND my cure. I truly believe this. (less)
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Inheritance: A Memoir of Ge...

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Hourglass: Time, Memory, Ma...

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Still Writing: The Perils a...

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Devotion: A Memoir

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Family History

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Slow Motion

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Black & White

3.62 avg rating — 1,405 ratings — published 2007 — 20 editions
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Picturing the Wreck

3.73 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Playing with Fire

3.71 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Fugitive Blue

3.64 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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“Everything you need to know about life can be learned from a genuine and ongoing attempt to write”
Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

“This sadness wasn't a huge part of me--I wasn't remotely depressed--but still, it was like a stone I carried in my pocket. I always knew it was there. [p. 179]”
Dani Shapiro, Devotion: A Memoir

“It wasn't getting easier because it isn't supposed to get easier. Midlife was a bitch, and my educated guess was that the climb only got steeper from here. Carl Jung put it perfectly: "Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life," he wrote. "Worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life's morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will by evening have become a lie."
... I was writing a new program for the afternoon of life. The scales tipped away from suffering and toward openheartedness and love. [p. 182]”
Dani Shapiro, Devotion: A Memoir

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