With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.
©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor
"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)
It was a great listen and gave me a lot to feel thankful for in my own life and choices I have made. It also gave me a different perspective when it comes to the prison system and how people are treated.
Piper Kerman tells her very personal story with the first person, but with the reserved delivery of a veteran reporter. She doesn't ask for our sympathy or pity herself, while instilling great compassion for the often dehumanized women in the penal systems. I've already recommended this book to two friends!
If you are looking for the excitement of the Netflix series you will be disappointed. However, I found the book interesting and very informative.
European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.
The amount of artistic license in the television series (supposedly based on this book) is amazing. In the book, Kerman writes with compassion and admiration for the women who served prison time with her at Danbury. Though not at all the same story, this book is compelling and enlightening, and Campbell does an excellent job as narrator.
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