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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

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"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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I am so glad I read this book.

It covers a lot of good information even about personalities and how to treat others. I recommend it to anyone who want to self reflect or learn about the ins and outs of prison.

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extremely insightful book

I loved Piper's attention to detail in this narration of her year in prison. it was captivating, sad, inspiring, and exposed a different side of the prison system. 100% worth a read.

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Amazing story. Written with great emotion.

If you could sum up Orange is the New Black in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, Emotional, WOW!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The story is compelling

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

She brings everything to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both

Any additional comments?

Great read. Amazing strength, to endure prison for any length of time is amazing.

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Engaging from the start

A thoroughly engaging storyline. Even though the ending was not a surprise, the twists and turns along the way were unpredictable.

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  • 04-24-16

Interesting

It was interesting, but I wouldn't read it again. I guess I don't understand it's popularity.

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Ends abruptly

I was pretty shocked when it seemed like the story just ended abruptly with no indication of what would happen next to Piper. It almost seemed incomplete. Nothing like the show at all which is fine. But dissapointing that she's involved with the show and so much is made up for tv that never happened

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Not like the show!

This book is not like the show! No explicit sex and drama. This story is about women paying for their crimes and in the process becoming connected to other women in kinship.

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Review of OITNB

I really enjoyed the story. I frequently interact with Canadian provincial and occasionally federal inmates. I enjoyed the story line and thought that the facts were credible. It was well done and enjoyed it more, perhaps than the Netflix adaptation.


Well done Ms. Kerman.

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Interesting story / good narration

I had to listen in short spurts and it took a while to finish but always looked forward to each session.

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Not like the Netflix show

If you are a fan of the Netflix show...this is NOTHING like that. However don't let that stop you from picking this book up. This is an honest story of a girl who years earlier had made a mistake that eventually caught up to her and landed her in prison. Piper is a relateable character stuck in a world she doesn't know anything about and has to learn to navigate the culture and do her time.

I particularly like that she makes no excuses for the crime she committed and give her story honestly and with out a the extra lesbian drama seen on the show.