FREE ONLINE EVENT! Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are

American Ancestors/NEHGS & the Boston Public Library present Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are - a virtual event in the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series.
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American Ancestors/NEHGS & the Boston Public Library present Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are – a virtual event in the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series

For a look at DNA and genealogy PLUS an AMAZING STORY, join bestselling author Libby Coleman for this FREE ONLINE EVENT on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 at 6:00 pm EDT / 5:00 pm CDT via New England Historic Genealogical Society/American Ancestors and the Boston Public Library. Click below to register for FREE!

For a look at DNA and genealogy PLUS an AMAZING STORY, join bestselling author Libby Coleman for this FREE ONLINE EVENT on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 at 6:00 pm EDT / 5:00 pm CDT via New England Historic Genealogical Society/American Ancestors and the Boston Public Library. Click below to register for FREE!

American Ancestors/NEHGS & the Boston Public Library present Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are - a virtual event in the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series.

The Lost Family is a deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives. Journalist Libby Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story. Copeland delves into the many lives that have been irrevocably changed by home DNA tests, sharing the stories of adoptees who’ve used the tests to find their birth parents; donor-conceived adults who suddenly discover they have more than fifty siblings; some of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who discover their fathers aren’t biologically related to them; and individuals who are left to grapple with their conceptions of race and ethnicity when their true ancestral histories are discovered. Gripping and masterfully told, The Lost Family is a spectacular book on a big, timely subject. As headlined in the New York Times, “Before You Spit in That Vial, Read This Book.”

American Ancestors/NEHGS & the Boston Public Library present Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are - a virtual event in the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series.

Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington PostNew York magazine, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and many other publications. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

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  • Save up to 63% on The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland. “A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives. You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal a long-buried family secret and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, an incessant desire to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like “Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?” Welcome to the age of home genetic testing. In The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.”  VIEW DETAILS

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