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)
Listening on the way to work and back, enjoy inspirational and intriguing books - biographies that inspire and books that make me think.
I would certainly hope that I never have to experience firsthand what it would be like to be in a woman's prison but I certainly have a lot more empathy for those who have that experience. Far too many and to what end. This book makes me want to get on the bandwagon for prison reform.... I also felt like I was right in there with them.
Kermin's cry for reform to end our recurring, growing & recidivist prison social class should serve as a
Warning for our future. Without serious and capable reformed pre-release programs across the board.
Thank you Piper.
Excellent narrator. Liked the variation in accents bring the characters to life.
The story gives a nice insight into this unique experience, but the story lacks a dramatic arc as it was an easy ride considering the possibilities.
Piper benefits once again simply because of her status in society and the color of her skin. I should have read other reviews before contributing to her pocketbook. Her writing is distant and pretentious. She simply tried too hard to tell her story.
The platform she has in writing this book had the potential to benefit incarcerated women in America. Instead, she overlooked this opportunity to benefit herself.
I find anything about the prison system interesting. I enjoyed hearing about what life is like in a minimum security prison for basically non-violent criminals. It was interesting to hear someone's perspective
She could have been a little more real. I feel like she sugar coated a lot of her experiences, and was a little too fluffy about her friends in prison. Most of her stories were just little stories that never lead to anything very interesting. She spent a lot of time almost... boasting... about most of her experiences. I only got glimses of tough times, and I know that can't be right. Most of her stories had too much sentimentality in them. I got bored.
No I haven't, but she is a good narrator.
Tell people the show is way more interesting than the real story.
The TV writers make a much more interesting story about life in prison. I am curious to see how the TV writers came up with such different ideas. I would like to know if they interviewed other inmates and got the real (not sugary, sentimental) versions or if they just made it up as they went along?
I gave this book 3 stars because it was able to hold my attention to the end. However, Piper Kerman is at best a good college writer. Her commentary on the prison system is well said, and I would love to see her on a TED stage or starting up a program to fight mass incarceration in America. I think she would be incredible at that. But, she is not a very good storyteller. She doesn't understand anything about building tension or foreshadowing. I think this would have been better if someone else had written her story, which I suppose is what the TV show is! ;-)
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