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Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman

Orange is the New Black

Author Piper Kerman

  • Published: 2010-04-06
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Stars
From 184 Customers Review
Price: $13.99


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.”—
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Top Customer Reviews

  • Orange is the New Black

    From Curlysweets
    Not enthralling, rather boring; I kept waiting for something to happen but it didn't. Interesting as a memoir and expose of the prison system but this wasn't what I though it would be (and I haven't seen the TV series)
  • Not like the show, but great

    From MeganSeg
    I must warn you, if you are looking for a similar story line to the show, then you may be disappointed. The story is not nearly as dramatic, but it is still an amazing story. The show is also amazing, such a great concept
  • What a waste of time!

    From 2ndGlanceGirl
    I bought this book because I enjoyed the Netflix series. It may have inspired the show but it is nothing like it. I kept waiting for something to happen. It doesn't. Don't waste your time. W
  • A definite must read for all students......

    From Scootcoot
    A real page turner which I devoured in 2 short days. Never having run afoul of the law it was interesting to learn how easily one could find themselves serving time. This book would be very beneficial to our younger generation, the ones who consider themselves to be fire proof. If only one changes their ways because of what they learned by reading this account of the penal system then it will have been a success. One seems to forget that there are women in the prison system, we seem to focus on the men. Very informative and I will definitely recommend this book to all my friends and acquaintances. Thank you Piper for sharing your story.
  • LOVE

    From SophieWard96
    I fell in love with the TV series on Netflix, and I absolutely love the book too… The show's only into its first season, but it's phenomenal. In my top 3 favorite shows ever for sure. No second guessing.
  • God this book is boring

    From Book reader guy
    Absolutely nothing interesting happens in this book. What a completely boring account of women's prison. Likely totally realistic in the portrayal of women's prison life in minimum security - the best this book manages is to brush up against something interesting happening.. Waste of time..
  • Great great book can't put down

    From Vru101
    Just worth reading. No words could say how great the story is.