Live Podcast: “Family Secrets” With Dani Shapiro and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Top Pick January 27, 2020 Portsmouth $13.00
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From the bestselling memoirist, novelist and host of the hit podcast “Family Secrets” comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity and love.

Dani Shapiro will be in conversation with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, bestselling author of “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” a book on trauma’s effect on the body.

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 50 years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.

There will be a post-show reception and dinner for Director’s Club at 8 p.m., open to Patron-level members and up. RSVP for that here.

About the moderator: 

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is one of the leading experts in trauma and the bestselling author of “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.” He is the founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network.

For every one or two tickets sold, the purchase of a book voucher (“Inheritance,” $16.95 paperback) is required. Vouchers can be redeemed on the event night for signed copies.

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Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
28 Chestnut St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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