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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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Published: 8th March 2011
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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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4.0

This is not a tv show

By Psully42

from Melbourne

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Pros

  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Rush To Finish

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Travel Reading
  • Younger Readers

Comments about Orange Is the New Black:

Very well written book, like most books the screen adaptation is quite different to keep you intrigued and watching week after week.
Jenji Kohan puts you in her shoes in a federal prison and walks you through her first six months through all her stress anxiety and fears. Unfortunately towards the end of her sentence it felt like she rushed the story to its end as she wanted her sentence to finish, quickly. With that said, it was still a great read and a nice change to the usual fear inducing prison information that we are all fed through the male point of view. Women behave differently to men and it was a little reassuring to see that in some prisons human nature and nurture are still available

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5.0

a must read

By jo

from wodonga

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Orange Is the New Black:

    wow what a page turner had to keep reading to see what happened next.
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    out-standing as always

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    "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

    ISBN: 9780385523394
    ISBN-10: 0385523394
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 327
    Published: 8th March 2011
    Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
    Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.0  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.25