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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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    Dea Win 09-01-14
    Dea Win 09-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Story so Much BETTER THAN THE SHOW!"
    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    I tried to watch "Orange is the New Black" and could not get into it. I could not relate to the character or the cast of misfits. The book brought the character to life and brought about real issues in the penal system. I think I will try to tune in to the show now.


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    George 08-31-14
    George 08-31-14
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    I liked this book and listened to it almost straight through. Couldn't resist the parallel between Piper Kerman in this book and Cheryl Strayed (Wild) as both overcame adversity and told the story about it...then profited from a book. The story appealed to me because she admitted her guilt and recovered from it--with the help of the other inmates at Danbury. Now, where is that TV show?

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    Mark S. Tuell 08-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm Too Good For Prison"
    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Piper Kerman again?

    No


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    OK


    Was Orange is the New Black worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    An inside look at how a little rich girl can ruin people’s lives and still think it's a terrible thing to happen to HER. I mean REALLY? She's going to rant and rave about the government, the court system, the prison system and how unfair they treated her after TRAFFICKING DRUGS? Whine, make excuses, whine some more and make yourself the hero while you’re doing it. I felt like I was reading a Sixth Grade'r English assignment on narcissism

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    Kim Jhb, South Africa 08-18-14
    Kim Jhb, South Africa 08-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "simplistic and to light on character development"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, there wasn't much character development. Also story was full of vague allusions to things without much depth. Frustrating lack in detail


    Would you ever listen to anything by Piper Kerman again?

    not in a rush


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good voices, nice accents and nuances


    Do you think Orange is the New Black needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nope


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    Tom 08-10-14
    Tom 08-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing and unsettling."
    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    It reads like the truth, nothing but the truth, loved it. Though I'm sure much was left out, as readers we see into an institution we, (hopefully) will never get an inside look at.


    What did you like best about this story?

    see above.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    My tax dollars are wasted to an extent on locking people up.


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    H. Shalit 08-07-14
    H. Shalit 08-07-14

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    "Very worthwhile"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very valuable work, especially because it has been made into a popular TV series. The book provides interesting insights into prison life and shows us, albeit indirectly, how it was transformed into the popular netflix series.

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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 08-02-14
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Orange Obsession"

    I am absolutely obsessed with Piper Kerman's story. The book is a much more subdued story compared to the Netflix series based on the memoir.

    I have had someone close to me in the prison system and felt that I had a good understanding of the hardships facing prisoners, but this story helps to shed light on the issues as well as bond with the characters.

    The lessons that Piper learns while doing time are words of wisdom that are applicable to all of us. I enjoy reads like this because it makes me step back and review my choices. I can compare my views to those I have read and ask myself, Am I happy? Could I be doing something better? Am I taking enough risks?

    Sometimes perspective is more valuable than an edge of your seat story.

    If you just want a fun ride through the prison system, perhaps a Netflix subscription is right up your alley. ;)

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    Sarah Kramer-Harrison NY 08-01-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it. But I haven't seen the tv show."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't seen the tv show so I am not comparing it to any other version of the book. But I loved this book. It kept me hooked the whole way through. Can't wait to see the series now that I've read the book.

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    Angela Van Boening 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the Netflix series!"

    I bought OitNB because it was a Daily Deal, and I had heard rave reviews about the Netflix series. I decided to read/listen to the book before watching the series. I am so glad that I did. The story is captivating (pun intended), and Piper Kerman's reflection on her incarceration was an interesting and enlightening insight into America's penal system. After finishing the book, I started watching the Netflix series. While the show is good, it's not a very accurate reflection of Piper Kerman's memoirs. I enjoyed the book's storyline and characters much, much more than the show. If you are a fan of the show, I highly recommend reading/listening to the book at some point.

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    JD 07-28-14
    JD 07-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Read after I watched the show - so interesting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Whether or not you've already seen the show, are in the middle of it, or have never seen it, this book is a very interesting story. For those who have seen at least some of the show, it's really interesting to see what the show did with certain details from the book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As compared to the show, I appreciated the more realistic portrayal


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