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)
I thought this book was going to give insight to the Netflix series. The series was by far better than the book. Save your credit on this one.
Very interesting to listen to the book after feeling I know the story and characters thru the TV series (which I've binge watched). So very different. Much to think abt re changes made to storyline and relationships, characters. Admire the book and the author far more than the character in the series! Grateful for her commentary abt the prison system.
I feel rotten, but part of me wants Piper Kerman to return to prison for a sequel (joking). The performance is flawless and story so compelling, I might listen through a second time.
Say something about yourself!
It is one of my favorite books, I have been a big fan of the show so I was excited to hear the book/
Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!
I really enjoyed this book about life on the inside. I have never seen the tv show, but I am told it differs greatly from the original true story (no surprise there) The narrator is very good although a couple of times she seems to slide in and out of character. This is the only reason I docked the performance 1 star.
This was a struggle to finish. I thought due to all the hype of the show on Netflix it would be good. The story is uneventful, and I wished my free credit was used on something else.
This is a good book about an upper class woman who spends a year in prison. Compared to the show, it is much less lively and less action packed. The show sensationalized the prison experience with drama and danger while the book (more accurate), is one woman's emotional journey and focuses on the women she meets. It is really character-driven rather than plot-driven. The writing was very straighforwars but more imagery and figurative language would have been nice.
Nothing special here.
She did well with the characters but sometimes the phrasing was a little off. She did not sing when there was song lyrics written in the text.
Yes, it taught me a lot about the realities of prison life and the problems with the correctional sysytem from a woman's perspective.
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