Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
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 ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury,... show more
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 ago. 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 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.
Publish date: June 11th 2012
Publisher: Tantor Media
Edition language: English
I liked this book so much more than I expected I would! I've watched the Netflix series, in which Piper is an unbearable brat. But the Piper who eloquently relates her memoir doesn't afford herself any coddling, is straightforward in accepting her responsibility, and uses her story to reflect on her...
I listened to the audiobook after having watched the first season of the show on DVD. (I don't have cable, so I binge-watch DVDs from the library and am always at least one season behind everyone else. No spoilers, please!) Having enjoyed season one of the show, I thoroughly enjoyed the memoir t...
I thought this was pretty interesting and educational as to what the system is really like. I'm interesting in watching the show now.
My first ever audiobook! That I have finished, anyway. I have tried audiobooks many times over the years. The first one I tried was The Awakening on cassette tapes—yes, I have been trying this out for decades. This one, though, stuck. Even if it did take me 2 months to get through. That's 2 renewa...
I liked this book a lot. Piper is totally aware of her privilege though out her telling of this story and it was refreshing to hear her talk about the other prisoners like people and draw parallels to other things. My one issue have is that I wanted more. The book only details Piper's time in the p...