Devotion: A Memoir (Compact Disc)

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“Dani Shapiro's new memoir, Devotion, is a book to read, savor, and read again. It is the story of her inner journey as she tries to answer the fundamental questions of what makes a meaningful life. Both very personal and yet universal, Shapiro discusses her own Orthodox Jewish roots, her father's early death, her troubled relationship with her mother, and her subsequent exploration of her own beliefs as her young son raises questions for which she does not feel she has adequate answers. This books is a real keeper.”
— Fran Keilty, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT


A poignant memoir by acclaimed author Dani Shapiro In her mid-forties and settled into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was--a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean? Despite having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal sense of faith, despite repeated attempts to create a connection to something greater. Feeling as if she was plunging headlong into what Carl Jung termed "the afternoon of life," she wrestled with self-doubt and a searing disquietude that would awaken her in the middle of the night. Set adrift by loss--her father's early death, the life-threatening illness of her infant son, her troubled relationship with her mother--she had become edgy and uncertain. At the heart of this anxiety, she realized, was a challenge: What did she believe? Spurred on by the big questions her young son began to raise, Shapiro embarked upon a surprisingly joyful quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. The result is Devotion, a literary excavation to the core of a life. In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued--from the rituals of her black-hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga and meditation retreats. A reckoning of the choices she has made and the knowledge she has gained, Devotion is the story of a woman whose search for meaning ultimately leads her home. Her journey is at once poignant and funny, intensely personal--and completely universal.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781482991864
ISBN-10: 1482991861
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 11th, 2014
Language: English