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 was the worst book I have listened to in a long time. There is so much white guilt and bragging about her background and feeling sorry for her cell mates that I could barely focus on the story. She comes from a very privileged background and makes that very clear to the point where none of the other characters are given any voice at all. Horrible. I can't believe this story got popular.
I wanted to read this book because I love the Netflix series.
Piper Kerman is a sad, pathetic, snobby brat. I kind of got that vibe from the show, but WOW! She is outrageous! Listen sweets, nobody is to blame for your poor behavior or for you having to serve time. Nora is not to blame. Jack is not to blame. Hester is not to blame. You KNEW what you were doing when you smuggled that drug money internationally. Personally, I feel that you should have served more time. You're pretentious attitude towards EVERYTHING is incredibly exhausting and had me wondering what the hell was wrong with you during the majority of this book. You think everyone is there for you, everything revolves around you, you are flawless and you can never do wrong because you're an UPPER-middle class white chick with blonde hair and you're sssssssso innocent! You're a joke. Your education doesn't make you better than anyone else. You're families status doesn't make you better than anyone else. Your conviction being served doesn't make you better than anyone else. You are a felon. You aided in trafficking drugs internationally. You are as bad as any other drug cartel workhorse. You should be ashamed of yourself. But most importantly, you need to ACTUALLY take responsibility for your ignorance and your actions. Need someone to blame for your having to serve time? Princess, look in the mirror!
This may be the only time I ever say this.... But the show is so much better than the book! Don't get me wrong, the book is good, but it's rather tame and boring when compared to the on-screen adaptation.
Love a good story and will read just about anything except Sci-Fi, Supernatural/Zombie/Vampire novels. Not snobby--don't enjoy them.
What is rich and nuanced in the television show comes across in print as the poor, poor, pitiful me whining of a rich, priviledged white girl who got caught. I couldn't help thinking about what was happening to the other women--the one's without private lawyers and rich parents to fight to reduce their culpulbility and sentences. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, Piper. Hope she is splitting her riches with the more interesting women in the book.
An honest, poignant account of life in a state prison. For only a year. But still, the author does a nice job of describing and empathizing with what the typical prison demographic is up against. She is grateful for her own advantages and duly outraged by the disadvantages her compadres faced. A good sociological study and I'm glad the TV consumer has been dosed with its message; though admittedly I've never seen an episode of it myself. Highly recommended read.
Cassondra is an amazing narrator and Piper is a beautiful story teller. I was captivated by our aUnited States prison system and how it is so difficult to live there
Enjoyed listening to this book. Well thought through performance with accents for each character helping me to navigate the large supporting cast and remember who was whom doing what.
The real life story is engrossing and entertaining. At times it came close to being very linear (this happened, then that, then this, then that) but an intriguing and engrossing final few chapters made this less of an issue
Everything about this book was amazing. I felt like I was right there with Piper and the girls. I would love to see another book from her telling what's happened since being released. Does she keep in touch with any of the women who are also now on the outside? Thank you Piper for sharing your experiences with the world!!
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