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)
Informative, entertaining, interesting
Piper discussed the good parts and the bad parts of her prison experience. It wasn't a one sided story. In addition she used her position to discuss the inequality of women incarcerated.
I don't think I have listened to Cassandra Campbell before.
I did laugh at some parts. Since I am a "Orange is a New Black" show junkie, I was able to see some of the characters from the show. Most of the show characters are a mixture of various of the book characters and some of the show characters have major story lines in the show, but in the book they are minor characters. It was still interesting to be able to compare the characters version from the show to the book.
If you are expecting this to be like the show, it is not. This is the real experience of Piper Kerman during her time in federal prison. It is an excellent story and thought provoking story. I'm glad I took the time to listen to it.
If you are expecting to find Alex, Piper Chapman, Tastyee, Poussey, and many more in here well you will find them but under different names which I found confusing since I've seen all the seasons currently. For example Vanessa is Sophia, and Alex is Nora. Well overall it's a great book but for one who is looking for the same characters you will have to reference an online guide. Overall great story and would recommend it.
I didn't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audio version particularly because of the narrator's voices for the different characters.
The most compelling aspect of this narrative was overall impact that a year in prison had on her and how the other women impacted her too.
I loved Natalie and Pop best.
No extreme reactions, but still very enjoyable.
Great book, especially if you have watched the show. You can see where the story and character inspirations draw from in this book.
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Interesting, Relatable (I know it is not an actual word), and Warmhearted.
I guess I messed myself up watching the show and expecting it to be the same. Nonetheless, the ending was definitely still beautiful. I really loved it and it was literally the perfect ending to this eclectic novel.
Oh my goodness, yes. Her voice is amazing and forgetting about actress Taylor Schilling who plays Piper on the show, Cassandra's voice is exactly what I pictured Piper's voice sounding like. Plus, she really has a way of bringing life to a text.
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Okay it's not great but it's the best I could come up with. Honestly, I feel it is just fine how it is.
Nope. It was amazing.
I had never seen or heard of the show until I started listening to the audio. I will probably never watch it either but I am so glad I found the book.
Piper Kerman made you feel like you were going through her sentence with her. I felt a her love for her fellow inmates and her major dislike for the one or two disgusting guards. You felt her bittersweet emotions when she had to say good bye to an inmate who was leaving. You felt her burden for the women whom she help with school. My heart ached for her because she didn't get to say goodbye to the women whom she had become so close to in Danbury. I cried when she saw Larry at the end I didn't want the book to end. I want to hear the rest. Has she seen the ladies at Danbury again after her release? What about the safe house? That's a whole other book there. Please tell me more......
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