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)
Clearly the topic is interesting, but the writing,, or story, is dry. Her writing is not especially intricate, her insights are not especially deep, and there are no unexpected plot twists. The reading is also dry, but I can't tell if it's the readers performance or the writing itself.
I really enjoyed this book. I've watched the show and was curious what the program had taken from the book. Overall very little. I would recommend this to anyone especially if they enjoy the show.
I liked character descriptions of the other inmates. I didn't like Piper she was just too rich and spoiled I honestly couldn't identify with her
yes, but not if you have already watched the series
The voices and personalities of the inmates, great Russian accent. She read with a real insight into Pipers social class that I may have missed
It was cast wonderful
To know the end of the story and that she gets freed and that she didnt hook up with that stupid person she was involved with again in real life. The real life know what happened will make the series more enjoyable to watch on Netflix.
Just the timeline and her real life experiences while in prison.
Absolutely delightful to read and the series on Netflix I crave more, more, more for what they have created there from her book.
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
I found Piper's journey fascinating for far too many reasons to list here. In the end, I felt personally gratified for having been allowed a glimpse into her life in prison. I strongly recommend this story to others.
Performer/musician/writer in transition; inspired by traveling & people stories from all cultures. Listening is easier on the eyes.
I've been hearing about "Orange is the new black" for a while now, and was curious. Interesting & enjoyable...A simple story with very good narration.
Obviously I chose to read this because I like the show. I was surprised at how many of Piper's personal stories are used on the show and done in a very skilled way. I also like however that it is a show - other stories are embellished, characters are added, plot lines are developed in a way that fit with the original memoir. But there is a bit more truth in Piper's actual book. A bit more desperation, a bit more realism, a better reflection of what it looks like inside a federal female prison.
Everyone should read this book and other books like it. True stories of people who have been or are incarcerated. Get educated about the U.S. Incarceration system. Work towards fixing the problems. The incarceration rate in our country is completely out of control. And the number of innocent people in jail and even on death row is horrifying.
This is a well written book. It's entertaining and interesting. A pleasant read. And now I can talk with the author on Twitter. That's great too.
I highly recommend this book.
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