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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....
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....
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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, 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.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Most prison books recount rape, assaults, and other horror stories from the wrong side of the wall. This memoir is, on the other hand, a realistic look at the life of a rich woman in a minimum security prison, where the biggest challenges are boredom and life-sucking sameness. Piper Kerman's literate account of life in the pen is an engaging work made even better by Cassandra Campbell's delivery. It's tough to make more than a dozen characters come to life and even tougher to give each a distinctive voice; Campbell makes it sound easy. The book seems more realistic than the Netflix television series based on it. The television show is replete with the sex and brutality one expects from prison stories but lacks the day-to-day heart of the book. M.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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