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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
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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 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, 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.Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385523394 (0385523394)
ASIN: 385523394
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Mel's Book Blog
Mel's Book Blog rated it
3.0 Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. It is a stream of consciousness treatise on the federal prison system in the US. It is a fascinating reading experience which portrays very pointedly that our prison system as a whole is expensive and very ineffectual, locking many people up for all the wrong rea...
Mel's Book Blog
Mel's Book Blog rated it
3.0 Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. It is a stream of consciousness treatise on the federal prison system in the US. It is a fascinating reading experience which portrays very pointedly that our prison system as a whole is expensive and very ineffectual, locking many people up for all the wrong rea...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
3.5
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...
Mirkat Always Reading
Mirkat Always Reading rated it
4.0 Memoirs Are the New Black
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...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
3.0 Orange Is the New Black
I thought this was pretty interesting and educational as to what the system is really like. I'm interesting in watching the show now.
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