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)
Piper benefits once again simply because of her status in society and the color of her skin. I should have read other reviews before contributing to her pocketbook. Her writing is distant and pretentious. She simply tried too hard to tell her story.
The platform she has in writing this book had the potential to benefit incarcerated women in America. Instead, she overlooked this opportunity to benefit herself.
I find anything about the prison system interesting. I enjoyed hearing about what life is like in a minimum security prison for basically non-violent criminals. It was interesting to hear someone's perspective
She could have been a little more real. I feel like she sugar coated a lot of her experiences, and was a little too fluffy about her friends in prison. Most of her stories were just little stories that never lead to anything very interesting. She spent a lot of time almost... boasting... about most of her experiences. I only got glimses of tough times, and I know that can't be right. Most of her stories had too much sentimentality in them. I got bored.
No I haven't, but she is a good narrator.
Tell people the show is way more interesting than the real story.
The TV writers make a much more interesting story about life in prison. I am curious to see how the TV writers came up with such different ideas. I would like to know if they interviewed other inmates and got the real (not sugary, sentimental) versions or if they just made it up as they went along?
I gave this book 3 stars because it was able to hold my attention to the end. However, Piper Kerman is at best a good college writer. Her commentary on the prison system is well said, and I would love to see her on a TED stage or starting up a program to fight mass incarceration in America. I think she would be incredible at that. But, she is not a very good storyteller. She doesn't understand anything about building tension or foreshadowing. I think this would have been better if someone else had written her story, which I suppose is what the TV show is! ;-)
Loved the narration. Made the characters come to life! And interesting to see inside of a min sec prison. And fun to figure out which characters in the book were what characters on the show.
I would add more to the ending. While I understand why it ended the way it did, it left us hanging.
Most interesting were the cast of characters she met in prison.
The narration was good.
It is worth the listening time. While it wasn't my favorite book, it is worth the listen.
It seemed like a a honest look at prison system from perspective of privilege without the drama added. Raised interesting points about system. It made me wonder why author allowed the TV show to become the all-sex-women-in-prison-stereotype driven show it is.
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I liked this book. before I bought it I read several reviews the over all sentiment seemed to be unbelief or disappointment at the lack of violence or"dark underbelly of our prisons". I spent a year and 20 days in a medium/max state prison with armed robbers, murderers, drug dealers ect.. lifers with no chance of Ever getting out and it was pretty much just like this book entails. she was in a min. security "honor camp"a level 1 so they have more movement and can work outside the gates on road crews they are very low security risk and generally short timbers, or have earned the privilege to be in a camp. I was in in 2003 the same time period i should've wrote a book. This book brought back lots of memories and made me laugh and cry. If you want to know what life is like inside a women's prison this book is extreamly accurate. decent listen.
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.
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