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)
This may be the only time I ever say this.... But the show is so much better than the book! Don't get me wrong, the book is good, but it's rather tame and boring when compared to the on-screen adaptation.
Love a good story and will read just about anything except Sci-Fi, Supernatural/Zombie/Vampire novels. Not snobby--don't enjoy them.
What is rich and nuanced in the television show comes across in print as the poor, poor, pitiful me whining of a rich, priviledged white girl who got caught. I couldn't help thinking about what was happening to the other women--the one's without private lawyers and rich parents to fight to reduce their culpulbility and sentences. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, Piper. Hope she is splitting her riches with the more interesting women in the book.
An honest, poignant account of life in a state prison. For only a year. But still, the author does a nice job of describing and empathizing with what the typical prison demographic is up against. She is grateful for her own advantages and duly outraged by the disadvantages her compadres faced. A good sociological study and I'm glad the TV consumer has been dosed with its message; though admittedly I've never seen an episode of it myself. Highly recommended read.
Cassondra is an amazing narrator and Piper is a beautiful story teller. I was captivated by our aUnited States prison system and how it is so difficult to live there
Enjoyed listening to this book. Well thought through performance with accents for each character helping me to navigate the large supporting cast and remember who was whom doing what.
The real life story is engrossing and entertaining. At times it came close to being very linear (this happened, then that, then this, then that) but an intriguing and engrossing final few chapters made this less of an issue
Everything about this book was amazing. I felt like I was right there with Piper and the girls. I would love to see another book from her telling what's happened since being released. Does she keep in touch with any of the women who are also now on the outside? Thank you Piper for sharing your experiences with the world!!
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