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The real-life Alex Vause from the critically acclaimed, top-rated Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells her story in her own words for the first time - a powerful, surprising memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond.

Fans nationwide have fallen in love with Orange Is the New Black, the critically acclaimed and wildly popular Netflix show based on Piper Kerman's sensational number-one New York Times best seller. Now, Catherine Cleary Wolters - the inspiration for Alex Vause, Piper's ex-girlfriend, friend, and sometimes-romantic partner on the show - tells her true story, offering details and insights that fill in the blanks, set the record straight, and answer common fan questions.

An insightful, frustrating, heartbreaking, and uplifting analysis of crime and punishment in our times, Out of Orange is an intimate look at international drug crime - a seemingly glamorous lifestyle that dazzles unsuspecting young women and eventually leads them to the seedy world of prison. Told by a woman originally thrust into the spotlight without her permission - Wolters learned about Piper's memoir in the media - Out of Orange chronicles Wolters' time in the drug trade, her incarceration, her friendships and acquaintances with odd cellmates, her two marriages, and her complicated relationship with Piper. But Wolters is not solely defined by her past; she also reflects on her life and the person she is today.

Filled with colorful characters; fascinating tales; painful, sobering lessons; and hard-earned wisdom, Out of Orange is sure to be provocative, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring.

©2015 Cleary Wolters (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great listening!

The book was written with clarity and humor.
While the her drug currier involvement was off putting, I thoroughly was captivated by Wolters
honesty.

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Fast moving !

I've really enjoyed the "Orange is the New Black" book and Netflix series. I wasn't sure how this book would compare. I thought it might be a copycat of the original work. I was pleasantly surprised that this was the other side of the story and continued to show the daily strife and struggle of women in prison. Well done!

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Must read for OITNB fans

And everyone else for that matter. I was totally enthralled by Piper Kerman's book, and proceeded to become equally obsessed with the show.

Consequently I was always most curious about the "Alex/Nora" character. Who was this woman? I totally admit to being one of those people early on, frantically googling "the real Alex Vause."

Finally we get to find out, and what a story. Fully engaging and entertaining- but at the same time, shining a much needed spotlight on our monstrously corrupt "justice" and prison systems.

We finally get our answers, we get a phenomenal story, and we also get a real wake up call. Piper Kerman is doing good work in the area of prison reform, and calling attention to the huge, huge miscarriages of justice, unfair sentencing practices and subhuman treatment of inmates that occurs on a daily basis. But a couple people are not enough. This is an issue that can touch ALL of us- and more easily than you would think. Something has to be done if this country is going to maintain its fast-fraying reputation as a "free country."

Big credit to Ms. Wolters for surviving what she did, and she's proven to be a fine writer. I hope people pay attention to this book.

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Enough with with the cats !!!!!!!!

First I am glad that it seems Cleary has gotten her life back and is doing well. Also let me say that I love all animals . But this book should have been two books , one about the story I purchased this book for and the other about stories of cats! I almost gave up on it a number of times because of the amount of time spent talking about cats ! ENOUGH !!!!

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Better than Piper’s book

I listened to Piper’s book and then this one (primarily to get more detail on the crimes). Cleary is a much more likable person. We get to really know all about her. Her relationship with her partners was so sweet, her relationships with her lovers were touching, and her love for her cats was absolutely endearing. The story about Patches is something I’ll laugh about for a long time. This book is written well (except some of the details about the logistics of moving mules & escorts around were a little confusing). It was hard to put down.

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Good read!

Very interesting story! Enjoyed getting a little more background on the other side of Orange is the New Black-- but still wish both books would have given a little more detail on the "Alex/Piper" relationship!
But an enjoyable book!!

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Important Story to Tell

I am a huge OITNB fan and have read Piper's book. I was happy to find another point of view from Cleary. This story sheds some light on the US prison system; thanks for having the courage to tell it Cleary.

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  • A. Nash
  • Provo, UT United States
  • 05-24-16

nice!

The writing was good and I also enjoyed the raspy voice of the narrator. Her voice lent a little more credibility to the narrative.

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LOVE THIS BOOK

Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Orange to be better than the print version?

yes, simply due to the narration! Barbara Rosenblat puts the right amount of attitude and humor into the words, and it's wonderful! She makes Alex Vause come alive!

Who was your favorite character and why?

considering this book is about Alex Vause...that is my answer

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They already made it into a TV show and I can't wait to binge watch the next season!

Any additional comments?

if you love OITNB, you gotta read this book!

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loved this!

I absolutely love love love this! the performance was fantastic and hearing cleary's side of things was great too!

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  • Emma Hollow
  • 01-03-18

exceptional

what an amazing book. I was hooked from start to Finnish. praise to the author

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  • RGH
  • 08-07-15

Loved it

Loved it! Was very interesting getting to know the real story behind OITNB and also from a different perspective, not just from Pipers'. Also, I love Barbara Rosenblats voice so it was perfect for me and I love how she was in the show as well :)

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