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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
by Piper Kerman

Published: 2010-04-06
Hardcover : 320 pages
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A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison

When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she?d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she?d committed the mi

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(A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison

When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she?d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she?d committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her.Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.

Kerman spent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman tells the story of those long months locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated.

Revealing, moving, and enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a unique perspective on the criminal justice system, the reasons we send so many people to prison, and what happens to them when they?re there.

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Increase our awareness of the status of women\\\'s lives in prison.
by Silvercan (see profile) 08/15/14
Use this book as opportunity to learn about women\\\'s prison life. Each member could share real life news articles. This would help us better understand the status of women in prison.

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  "Enjoyed the book - an interesting portrayal of prison life"by mabook (see profile) 09/27/15

Our Book Club enjoyed this book. Several members watch the series, too, so much time was spent during our meeting comparing the book with the show. The consensus is that the book was enjoyable and interesting,... (read more)

 
  "Thankfully not as graphic as the show!"by bmorrison36 (see profile) 04/21/15

This book provided an interesting look into the justice system from a privileged girl who got caught working as a drug mule. If you're worried that it will be graphic like the TV show, don't worry. In... (read more)

 
  "Orange is the new Balck"by little-sweetums (see profile) 03/16/15

Lively discussion by the group especially about prison conditions in the US. But some of the group felt the character development was lacking.

 
by terrisilvers (see profile) 02/06/15

 
  "Orange is the New Black"by Cherypit (see profile) 01/30/15

While it was an eye opener with respect to women in the US prison system, it was poorly written and to be honest a little boring. I was glad it wasn't longer, I just wanted to finish it.

 
  "Orange is the New Black"by Amanda7 (see profile) 01/22/15

Very interesting autobiography of a year in a women's minimum security prison and the prison system. I have not seen the show based on this book, but I understand its nothing like the book other than... (read more)

 
by mfinan (see profile) 11/19/14

 
  "Well written, OITNB wins our hearts"by MrsFlutterby (see profile) 10/11/14

This book was well-liked by our group and provided a lot of fodder for discussion. Rarely do we get through the majority of questions and still keep talking about it but we sure did. The author does a... (read more)

 
  "Orange is New Black"by Silvercan (see profile) 08/15/14

Having worked in a Maximum security forensic facility, I found her stories to be very manipulated for the public enjoyment. She had money and influence to purchase survival in prison. One big truth was... (read more)

 
by malliettjm (see profile) 08/11/14

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