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.
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"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)
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.
It covers a lot of good information even about personalities and how to treat others. I recommend it to anyone who want to self reflect or learn about the ins and outs of prison.
I loved Piper's attention to detail in this narration of her year in prison. it was captivating, sad, inspiring, and exposed a different side of the prison system. 100% worth a read.
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
Suspenseful, Emotional, WOW!
The story is compelling
She brings everything to life.
Great read. Amazing strength, to endure prison for any length of time is amazing.
Tell us about yourself! I am a school psychologist working with all special Ed. disabilities. I am also active in CIVIL AIR PATROL an all volunteer auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force. My favorite reading genre is fantasy-fairies, elves, good vs evil, you know… I have six adult children, a husband, two cats, three dogs and I am a "birder"
It was interesting, but I wouldn't read it again. I guess I don't understand it's popularity.
I was pretty shocked when it seemed like the story just ended abruptly with no indication of what would happen next to Piper. It almost seemed incomplete. Nothing like the show at all which is fine. But dissapointing that she's involved with the show and so much is made up for tv that never happened
I have not seen the TV show, so there is no hidden comparison to that. The beginning of this memoir was great. Seeing how a well-to-do woman gets herself in such trouble that she is sentenced to jail is scary and fascinating. Once in jail, it becomes a series of vignettes, some interesting and engaging, and some less so. There is enough good in here that I rate it at the higher end of the 3 range. Parts are a bit slow and repetitive, but that probably reflects the author's prison experience. Too often, Piper tells of how powerless and dehumanized she felt, but only occasionally does she tell a story where I feel her pain. She does a better job at communicating the positive experiences with other prisoners. I am still glad I listened to this. I have heard the TV show spices things up a bit, but I will probably check it out sometime.
This book is not like the show! No explicit sex and drama. This story is about women paying for their crimes and in the process becoming connected to other women in kinship.
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