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Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison | [Piper Kerman]

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)

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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 03-05-14
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 03-05-14 Member Since 2012

    romans55

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    "Prison is boring....."
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    I almost stopped in the middle of this but decided to press on to the end. Bottom line: All American girl mingles with the common folk in a women's prison. Sorry to say I found this quite dull...as most of prison life probably is and passing the time can be less than interesting. I also did not like her political leanings about the prison system, but she is entitled to her opinion. It just made a book I didn't like even less attractive. I can't believe this is such a big deal. I am not sure what people are laughing at because I saw little humor in the book. Perhaps those who have binge-watched the series might find the book more humorous. I now have no interest in the series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-31-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-31-15 Member Since 2012

    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)

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    "A different perspective on life in prison"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cesar 01-12-15
    Cesar 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad it was my free book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story


    Would you be willing to try another book from Piper Kerman? Why or why not?

    No. Don't think she has any other books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a show and I saw it. The first season was good, that was it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet ARLINGTON, TENNESSEE, United States 01-02-15
    Janet ARLINGTON, TENNESSEE, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Just OK"
    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Was expecting a really great read since a tv show was based on it. Interesting, but not great.


    Was Orange is the New Black worth the listening time?

    Only if you've got lots of time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 12-12-14
    Ken 12-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Skip it"
    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Nope a kid peddling drugs who was duped by her lesbian friend and went to prison. Rubbish, didn't even finish it.


    Has Orange is the New Black turned you off from other books in this genre?

    pretty much


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

    The narrator was good just stuck with a week story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orange is the New Black?

    Page one to the end


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Just Okay"
    What did you like best about Orange is the New Black? What did you like least?

    The best part of the book is the enlightenment of what really goes on behind prison bars.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Piper Kerman? Why or why not?

    Maybe, the book was well written -- it just needed a juicier story. I found it hard to keep going at times.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 11-07-14
    RueRue 11-07-14

    RueRue

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    "Honestly, it was boring"

    Some interesting insights and descriptions of life in a Federal Minimum Security Prison, but it seemed to go on and on.....Cassandra Campbell has a nice voice,but I thought someone with a slightly grittier vocal tone would have matched the character more accurately.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Southern California 11-07-14
    Pamela M. Southern California 11-07-14 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Disappointing!"

    This is the story of a thirty year old woman who is serving fifteen months in prison for a decade old crime transporting drug money for a friend. She transported the money one time but because of US mandated laws on drug trafficking she had to serve the time.

    This story was way to nice to be a prison story. If I am reading a prison story it needs shanks, fights and drama. This was like summer camp with a lot of heavy rules or like living in a college dorm with less freedom. There was no drama whatsoever! I was very disappointed!

    I wasn't aware this was a TV series until after I finished this book. I selected this book due to all the positive reviews from previous readers. After reading it I cannot get over why there are so many positive reviews. I am thinking maybe the TV series influenced some of them. I'm sure the screenwriters probably did a lot for this story for the series to have such high ratings, to bad they weren't around for the writing of the book.

    P.s... I write reviews to help others find good books. Why waste your time and money on bad books? If my reviews help you please click the "helpful" button, sometimes I think I am wasting my time and efforts with this. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nona's Momma Richmond, VA 10-30-14
    Nona's Momma Richmond, VA 10-30-14 Member Since 2015

    loving motherhood

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    "No climax, No plot, No nothing"
    What would have made Orange is the New Black better?

    I've been a member of audible for only a year but I listen to quite a few books. This is the MOST boring audio book I've ever listened to. I make sure to listen to the entire thing because I refuse to waste money or book credits. I heard so much hype about the tv show, so I thought the book would be okay. It was hard enough to get through while having it read to me, I couldn't IMAGINE trying to read it myself.


    Has Orange is the New Black turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    Average, Clear but slightly Emotionless


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only when it ENDED


    Any additional comments?

    Shame, and I seriously usually never write negative reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ozrugby 10-21-14
    ozrugby 10-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well read, but not a good read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am sure that this was a truly trying and desperate portion of this women's life, however no one needs another book lecturing us about the US government and their failures in the prison world by locking up low level drug offenders. You broke the law, deal with it.


    What could Piper Kerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If your biggest prison event was a stolen screwdriver, just forget it. At least make up some gang rape and shankings to keep it interesting. Also, would have liked to see her go to trial instead of pleading guilty.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Very well done. Great with the accents. With the number of characters, she was able to keep them straight.


    Could you see Orange is the New Black being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been, and it was a comedy. Just like this book should have been.


    Any additional comments?

    Women may enjoy this book. Men who have read anything about prison will not. Check out the English Shaun Trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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