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)
I had never seen or heard of the show until I started listening to the audio. I will probably never watch it either but I am so glad I found the book.
Piper Kerman made you feel like you were going through her sentence with her. I felt a her love for her fellow inmates and her major dislike for the one or two disgusting guards. You felt her bittersweet emotions when she had to say good bye to an inmate who was leaving. You felt her burden for the women whom she help with school. My heart ached for her because she didn't get to say goodbye to the women whom she had become so close to in Danbury. I cried when she saw Larry at the end I didn't want the book to end. I want to hear the rest. Has she seen the ladies at Danbury again after her release? What about the safe house? That's a whole other book there. Please tell me more......
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.
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.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I read this book before even being aware that it was also a TV show. I have since watched the show on Netflix. The two are completely and absolutely unrelated. The book is a serious look at the experiences Piper had while in prison, and is billed as a memoire, which it is. The TV show is a dramatization loosely based on the premise of the memoire - a woman going to prison unexpectedly - but that is where the similarity ends. The TV show is billed as a comedy. A dark comedy, probably, but still a comedy.
It was an interesting look at prison from the point of view of a non-traditional inmate. Did Piper `learn her lesson` ? Maybe, maybe not, but the story had nothing to do with lessons-learned. It was a glimpse into a world that most wealthy, educated and non-drug addicted women don't experience. I quite enjoyed it, and found that I was surprised at some things (how helpful other inmates were, and how race within prison didn't seem to be a big deal in Piper's experience), and not so surprised at others (funding issues for programs in prison).
Overall it was an interesting "peep behind the curtains" of what goes on behind prison walls - from the point of view of a very non-traditional (and privileged) inmate.
The narration is good. There isn't any detailed sex or violence and only minimal swearing.
No. Don't think she has any other books.
The narrator was fine.
It is a show and I saw it. The first season was good, that was it.
I'm glad this was my free book. Not a very interesting story considering it's about an attractive white woman in a minimum security prison. She acted like it was a hardcore prison. Got tedious after a few chapters.
Was expecting a really great read since a tv show was based on it. Interesting, but not great.
Only if you've got lots of time.
Nope a kid peddling drugs who was duped by her lesbian friend and went to prison. Rubbish, didn't even finish it.
The narrator was good just stuck with a week story
Page one to the end
The best part of the book is the enlightenment of what really goes on behind prison bars.
Maybe, the book was well written -- it just needed a juicier story. I found it hard to keep going at times.
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