Devotion by Dani Shapiro


Join us for a reading and book signing by Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and previously published Black & White, Family History and Slow Motion.

"Shapiro’s newest memoir, a mid-life exploration of spirituality begins with her son’s difficult questions—about God, mortality and the afterlife—and Shapiro’s realization that her answers are lacking, long-avoided in favor of everyday concerns. Determined to find a more satisfying set of answers, author Shapiro (Slow Motion) seeks out the help of a yogi, a Buddhist and a rabbi, and comes away with, if not the answers to life and what comes after, an insightful and penetrating memoir that readers will instantly identify with. Shapiro’s ambivalent relationship with her family, her Jewish heritage and her secularity are as universal as they are personal, and she exposes familiar but hard-to-discuss doubts to real effect: she’s neither showboating nor seeking pat answers, but using honest self-reflection to provoke herself and her readers into taking stock of their own spiritual inventory. Absorbing, intimate, direct and profound, Shapiro’s memoir is a satisfying journey that will touch fans and win her plenty of new ones." (Publishers Weekly)

"Dani Shapiro takes readers on an intense journey in search of meaning and peace. Her story of hope is eloquently told and unflinchingly honest."  -Jeannette Walls, Glass Castle

"Rich in honesty and intelligence." Anne Lamott

"I was on the verge of tears more than once in the course of Dani Shapiro's impeccably structured spiritual odyessy. But Devotion's biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy--appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story." -Jennifer Egan, The Keep

Watch the video.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
The Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
06794 Washington Depot