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Dani Shapiro

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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