Orange Is the New Black

My Year in A Woman's Prison
Kerman, Piper (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orange Is the New Black

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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 ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen 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 people 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. 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, Kerman’s story 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.

Praise for Orange Is the New Black

“Fascinating . . . The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can’t unbind.”People (four stars)

“I loved this book. It’s a story rich with humor, pathos, and redemption. What I did not expect from this memoir was the affection, compassion, and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail. I will never forget it.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“This book is impossible to put down because [Kerman] could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.”Los Angeles Times

“Moving . . . transcends the memoir genre’s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you.”USA Today

“It’s a compelling awakening, and a harrowing one—both for the reader and for Kerman.”—Newsweek.com

Baker & Taylor
Follows the author's incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.

& Taylor

Traces the author's 15-month incarceration at an infamous women's correctional facility for drug trafficking, an imprisonment during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.

Authors: Kerman, Piper
Statement of Responsibility: Piper Kerman
Title: Orange is the new black
my year in a woman's prison
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 25 cm.
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Report This Apr 01, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sorry. I worked in a women's prison and this is a cute book written by girl lost in a fantasy. So sad that people think she is for real. But it is entertaining for the teenage set. Maybe

Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring ! Gave it a good try but just couldn't waste any more time with a rather dull book . Too many other good ones to read . Don't know what all the hype was about with this book .

Report This Mar 12, 2014
  • mkeenan4 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Read about 1/2 then gave up on it. O.K. read but then got rather boring.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • olemissann rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an insightful book about Piper Kerman's year spent in prison. Rather than complain about the conditions, Piper describes how she makes the best of the situation. She shares the unexpected camaraderie and compassion shared between inmates as they deal with the struggles and challenges of prison life and their subsequent return to society.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Never saw the tv show, wouldn't bother. Predictable & dull, with a happy ending for the nice middle class prison-tourist.

Report This Mar 05, 2014
  • Thai5357 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have not seen the show. This was a good book on resilience and personal reflection. Kerman also had some thought provoking topics addressing the current prison system and recidivism rates. I'd recommend this book to friends.

Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • kandradawizzard rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read! but not like the tv show at all

Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • ElspethG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

*Spoiler Alert* I was pleasantly surprised by this autobiography. The author helped me to see that what we see on TV shows is so different when it comes to minimum security prisons. There are the correctional officers who seem to revel in making the inmates' lives miserable. I was also surprised by her relationships inside and outside prison. I was also surprised that it took 10 years for her to be arrested and convicted for her crime, and surprised that she was actually imprisoned despite all the years she had spent as a law-abiding citizen contributing to society. I do recommend reading this book.

Report This Dec 17, 2013
  • bobgrant rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Meh. This is not all that great. It will pass the time if you don't have anything better. Kerman is not a particularly good writer; there is nothing very gripping here. I much preferred Jeffrey Archer's Prison Diaries, where he actually understood what was going on around him. Oh, and if she's expecting sympathy for being a drug mule, she can forget it.

I read this book on its own merits as a story, not having seen the series. It is well-written, and a compelling narrative about a middle class girl who does the crime, then does the time. It is a fascinating glimpse of real prison life, which is not as brutual as popular culture would have us believe. The author's explanation of the myth of the brutatlity of prison life is to help justify the enormous expense of incarcerating people in the U.S. When most people are imprisoned for non-violent crimes, you don't get violent prisons. She has great compassion for her fellow inmates, and describes them and the lives they lead behind bars with humour and empathy. The book was great, and if the series is even better, I look forward to seeing it too.

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