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)
Solid book. A little long and drawn out. At times I even thought I was reading the same page over again. like deja vu. Perhaps prision is like that. I thought it was a good read. An interesting story. Seemed honest. Should have been condensed
The most interesting is hearing about women's expreience in jail. The groups and cliques. Like high school, only more Oz.
The ingenious nature of the women cooking and contraband items.
No. too drawn out.
It's an interesting book with an interesting perspective, but too drawn out.
I liked the person.
Sure, it was enjoyable.
Her exit from the prison when she ran to her fiance.
Possibly. It's on TV but I haven't watched it.
I bought this book after watching the author on Katie Courac show.
Nancy L Hall Mom, Educator, attorney.
YES!! The voices done by narrator were excellent, believable, and entertaining.
The greeting card that was to my strong black man.
No, but I am going to look for books just to listen to her again. MARVELOUS!
That watching a series before listening to the book is not always a bad thing.
I watched with near addiction every episode of OITNB on Netflix. I was transfixed and just loved it. Then I saw the book. I worried about listening to the book after having watched the show, but my worries were unfounded. The book is marvelous. From the story, I could glean the bits of different people who were in the series and it almost gave each a face as I listened. The narrator could not have done better- she used different voices that made the story seamless. I could not recommend a book more highly!!
The story of a woman in prison was interesting, but not as compelling and scintillating as the TV show. I wanted to hear the end of the book, but didn't find that I was charged up by the story.
The narrator made the story more interesting, capturing the voices of the inmates well.
The TV show is supposedly very "colorful." I can see where there would be back and side stories to engage the viewer, but they weren't present in the book.
Yes, I was hooked from the beginning. I could hardly wait to begin again.
Piper of course
Oh my I don't know
It was good. Overall the story made the prison system seem quite fine.
No. I would not recommend this book to a friend because the tone of the book is all wrong. This woman was in prison, but to listen to it, you would think that everything was hunky dory, while staying there.
I would change the narrator.
The narrator did not give the right tone for the book. Her tone is more suited for a romance book.
The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!
I love hearing the soothing voice of Cassandra Campbell. She makes the worst of books come alive and meaningful. Orange is the New Black - My Year in a Women's Prison was moving. Though, I believe it was a far cry to the real inner workings of prison life and experience, it nonetheless painted a vivid picture of life on the inside. I appreciated Ms. Kerman's ability to weave us through her sad experience with her shameful Lesbian-lover, her drugs smuggling and mostly her experience in Dansbury. Perhaps this should be required reading, especially for those who believe certain cultures are beneath them. This book shows that we are more alike than not and it showed all cultures were forced to work together - like it or not. Most people have no clue of prison life. Maybe we should put all of the nuts in Congress in prison and let them fend for themselves among their criminal brethren. Back to the Book! What I believe most is that the many who have been in prison, whether maximum or minimum security, appreciate greatly that someone knowing the workings of prison life knows its not fun and games and one must know the lango and street smarts to survive it. FOUR STARS!!
Piper's life in Dansbury; Pop's wisdom - family.
I didn't particularly like the ending to happen so quickly; perhaps her de-processing a little more would have been a better let down. It seemed the book ended as tired and anxious as she seemed with her release.
Good Book! I'm sure Ms. Piper Kerman (or Mrs. Larry Somebody) made a few $$$ on the book. Maybe A Dansbury Foundation should be set up to help the other women whom she befriended to get their stories written, developed Life skills et al. NOTE: By the way, No Offense, but I am NOT a fan of Martha Stewart. She's lied and should have been prosecuted to serve her entire time.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend as it sheds a lot of insight as to what goes on in the women's prison system and the story is simply fantastic. It has a real honest quality about it that sticks with you.
It truly felt like it was being told first-hand, as if Piper Kermin was telling it herself.
Cassandra Campbell really nailed it IMO, and gave it such an integrity. Her voices for other 'characters' were a little silly at times but for me that really made it feel like a friend was telling her story.
I wouldn't say any one moment moved me but I couldn't stop listening to this.
For me, having watched the first season of the show, I found the true story to be far more compelling, and tbh I appreciate the facts over the ridiculous antics the show provides, although definitely entertaining.
Yes. Well written and not too graphic - like the show. A good perspective on her year in prison and her fellow inmates.
Piper's insights into prison life and the prospects for her fellow inmates.
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