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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Gripping story. Right on point!

To provide some context. I volunteer my time with an amazing organization which places dogs in the jail and trains the men. I've worked in a federal prison, and a state jail. I've seen some of the things she's talks about from an outsiders perspective. I found her story incredibly real, and incredibly gripping. I didn't want to put the book down (so to speak). This book fueled my passion for prison reform even more! I look forward to reading Larry's companion book!

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never watched the show

didnt seem like my kind of show(im not into comedy shows). but got the book out of curiousity. there were funny parts that were enjoyable. i like pipers honest representation of her fellow cellmates

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More realistic

More realistic than the show and not as violent. Great writer and reader! I enjoyed it.

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Good stuff as always I believe I will buy the entire book for myself I didn't believe at first that I would like you ya bc my hands they are not that put in that roll

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Engaging

I found the performance of the voices of characters a little annoying, but otherwise it was a interesting listen.

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Great book

Excellent writer, made you feel like you were there with her. A true picture of life in a women prison

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Great book

I very much enjoyed all aspects of this book. It was funny, sarcastic, informational and just overall interesting. The narrator did a wonderful job!!!

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I love Orange is the new black!!

I loved the Netflix series that I didn't know it was a book, so when I saw the book I was excited!! The story is very much related to the series but also has different storyline here and there but awesome to hear and read this!

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Required reading

This should be required ready for every high school student who may not realize that their actions may haunt them.

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Great story! Especially if you watch OITNB!

I really enjoyed hearing the real story of Piper's time in prison! I love the show on Netflix and I highly recommend if you watch the show, but it would be good even if you don't. I liked being about to piece together characters on the show with the actual people from the book. There was definitely some funny parts in the book but this is more serious than the laugh out loud comedy series on Netflix.