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Orange Is the New Black

My Year in A Women's Prison : A Memoir
Kerman, Piper (Downloadable Audiobook - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Kerman, Piper
Title: Orange is the new black
my year in a women's prison : a memoir
[electronic resource]
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 30 min.)) :,digital
Statement of Responsibility: Piper Kerman
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra - Narrator
hoopla digital
ISBN: 1452627665
9781452627663
Branch Call Number: Streaming audiobook
Performers: Read by Cassandra Campbell.
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Headings: Reformatories for women Connecticut Danbury Women prisoners Connecticut Danbury
Topical Term: Reformatories for women
Women prisoners
Publisher No: MWT10755634
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Aug 29, 2014
  • djweber2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book - Piper Kerman went through an amazing journey of self discovery. I found myself rooting for her.

the book is as engrossing as the television series. and a great listen.

Jul 13, 2014
  • Bugalugs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Engaging social commentary of life in a women's jail and the bizarre nature of crime and punishment compared to crime and restoration/redemption. The insights into the other women's situations were outstanding as exemplars of how unjust justice in American jails can be. Good commentary overall and worth a read.

Her incites of other prisoners were more compelling than those of the author, but overall the account of life in a federal prison was worth reading.

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