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 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.
I really enjoyed the story. I frequently interact with Canadian provincial and occasionally federal inmates. I enjoyed the story line and thought that the facts were credible. It was well done and enjoyed it more, perhaps than the Netflix adaptation.
Well done Ms. Kerman.
I had to listen in short spurts and it took a while to finish but always looked forward to each session.
If you are a fan of the Netflix show...this is NOTHING like that. However don't let that stop you from picking this book up. This is an honest story of a girl who years earlier had made a mistake that eventually caught up to her and landed her in prison. Piper is a relateable character stuck in a world she doesn't know anything about and has to learn to navigate the culture and do her time.
I particularly like that she makes no excuses for the crime she committed and give her story honestly and with out a the extra lesbian drama seen on the show.
To provide some context. I volunteer my time with an amazing organization which places dogs in the jail and trains the men. I've worked in a federal prison, and a state jail. I've seen some of the things she's talks about from an outsiders perspective. I found her story incredibly real, and incredibly gripping. I didn't want to put the book down (so to speak). This book fueled my passion for prison reform even more! I look forward to reading Larry's companion book!
didnt seem like my kind of show(im not into comedy shows). but got the book out of curiousity. there were funny parts that were enjoyable. i like pipers honest representation of her fellow cellmates
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