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Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Entries by Dani Shapiro

The Truth About My 'Perfect' Life

(7) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 12:39 PM

I know how things look right now. If you go on my Facebook page, or catch a glimpse of me on Twitter, or sit in a crowded bookstore audience where I'm giving a reading, or attend one of my weekend retreats, you might make...

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On the Death of a Mentor

(6) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Last night, as my husband and son watched an inappropriate comedy on television in our downstairs library, I sat at my desk in my office upstairs and wept. I was watching a link I found on Facebook to the memorial service for Esther Broner, who had been an influential and...

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Making Sense: How I Learned To Embrace the Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Around the time I turned 40, I went to see a therapist, a man who knew me well. I tended call him once or twice a year on an as-needed (read: crisis) basis. I had reached the point of being able to sort through most problems on my own. But...

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Grace Paley

(7) Comments | Posted August 24, 2007 | 6:32 PM

The world lost one of its brightest, fiercest, most intelligent and compassionate souls this week when Grace Paley died at the age of 84. I had heard that Grace was ill, but it seemed impossible to me that she would die. She was just too damned tenacious to die. Too...

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On Being a Working Mom

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2007 | 12:43 PM

In an hour a car is coming to pick me up and take me into the city, where I am taping a radio show -- part of the slow and steady trickle of book publicity that I continue to do two months after Black & White's publication. And this...

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A Writer's Advice to College Students

(5) Comments | Posted May 30, 2007 | 11:00 AM

Earlier this year, I found myself at dinner with a bunch of women I didn't know well. They were, for the most part, older than I, and mothers of high school and college kids. They were also a very particular subset: wealthy, privileged, living in Manhattan. The conversation swirled around...

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