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.
Orange Is the New Black
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.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 1452627665
Branch Call Number: Streaming audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 30 min.)) :,digital


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Jan 08, 2015
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the book! I had read it when it first came out. I would recommend reading the book first.

Oct 19, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Piper Kerman's position was rare: She was a young, highly educated woman with socioeconomic means and sentenced to a short stint in a reputable women's prison. So her story can hardly be taken as a universal account of incarcerated life, but nonetheless I found Piper's memoir to be a gateway of understanding between those in the prison system and those on the outside. For me the best part was hearing her describe her social ascent and meaningful relationships that developed over the course of those 13 months. It closes on a bittersweet note as Piper finishes her time, atoned for her mistakes and appreciative for all she has gained — but also woeful for the women she leaves behind, who hail from a less fortunate background and have been molded, branded and often neglected by the prison system.

I've seen parts of the popular show and actually was somewhat relieved that the book is less dramatic. The book is more about understanding and self-discovery than entertainment, although real life comes with it's own comedies and tragedies, to be sure.

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.

May 20, 2014
  • becker rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Fairly mundane. I'm surprised I even bothered to finish it. However the narrator did a good job on the audio performance.

Oct 09, 2013
  • cbogner rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a well-written account of Piper Kerman's prison experiences. I think I expected more social commentary.


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