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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Dani Shapiro

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kedh April 11th, 2007 04:03 PM PST

Black & White is incredibly well-written and enjoyable to read. Shapiro's descriptions of the photo shoots, while disturbing, are captivating. The reader can visualize the scenes (and the characters) so easily. In my opinion, the image of Clara's father is the most heart-breaking; all he wanted to do was protect his daughter and her innocence from the masses. While I was surprised by the minimal sympathy I felt for Ruth near the end, I was never entirely convinced that she deserved it. I'm sure the book will leave readers debating Ruth's motives and her love for her children.

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Dani Shapiro's most recent book's include Black & White (Knopf, 2007), Family History (Knopf, 2003) and the best-selling memoir Slow Motion.

Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Elle, Bookforum, Oprah, Ploughshares, among others, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. Her books have been translated into seven languages. She is a visiting writer at Wesleyan University and a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.

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