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Orange Is the New Black

My Year in A Women's Prison
Kerman, Piper (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Orange Is the New Black


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When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she'd been when she 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. 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.
Authors: Kerman, Piper
Title: Orange is the new black
my year in a women's prison
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, 2011
Edition: 2011 Spiegel & Grau trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 327 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Piper Kerman
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover and in slightly different form in the United States by Spiegel & Grau in 2010."--T.p. verso
Includes reader's guide
Summary: When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she'd been when she 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. 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.
ISBN: 0385523394
9780385523394
Branch Call Number: 365.43092 K395o 2011
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Report This Apr 01, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sorry. I worked in a women's prison and this is a cute book written by girl lost in a fantasy. So sad that people think she is for real. But it is entertaining for the teenage set. Maybe

Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • candle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was very interesting to me, as Danbury was my hometown many, many years ago. I was hoping that there would be more about the town itself. During WW11, it was said that the prisoners ate better than those of us who had to use the rationing system.

Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring ! Gave it a good try but just couldn't waste any more time with a rather dull book . Too many other good ones to read . Don't know what all the hype was about with this book .

Report This Mar 12, 2014
  • mkeenan4 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Read about 1/2 then gave up on it. O.K. read but then got rather boring.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • olemissann rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an insightful book about Piper Kerman's year spent in prison. Rather than complain about the conditions, Piper describes how she makes the best of the situation. She shares the unexpected camaraderie and compassion shared between inmates as they deal with the struggles and challenges of prison life and their subsequent return to society.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Never saw the tv show, wouldn't bother. Predictable & dull, with a happy ending for the nice middle class prison-tourist.

Report This Mar 05, 2014
  • Thai5357 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have not seen the show. This was a good book on resilience and personal reflection. Kerman also had some thought provoking topics addressing the current prison system and recidivism rates. I'd recommend this book to friends.

Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • kandradawizzard rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read! but not like the tv show at all

Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • ElspethG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

*Spoiler Alert* I was pleasantly surprised by this autobiography. The author helped me to see that what we see on TV shows is so different when it comes to minimum security prisons. There are the correctional officers who seem to revel in making the inmates' lives miserable. I was also surprised by her relationships inside and outside prison. I was also surprised that it took 10 years for her to be arrested and convicted for her crime, and surprised that she was actually imprisoned despite all the years she had spent as a law-abiding citizen contributing to society. I do recommend reading this book.

Report This Jan 08, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was amazing! I couldn't get enough of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and learning about her life on the inside. I would recommend this to everyone!

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