Multcolib Picks: If you like Orange is the New Black
Annotation:In this captivating memoir, Steinberg, a Harvard grad and struggling obituary writer, spends two years as a librarian and writing instructor at a Boston prison, attracting con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world.
Annotation:LeBlanc immerses readers in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. This book is hugely popular among inmates at Danbury prison.
Annotation:Diablo Cody was 24, a college graduate from a stable family with a supportive boyfriend and a boring copywriting job when on a whim, she signed up for amateur night at Minneapolis's seedy Skyway Lounge. Here she tells the fish-out-of-water story of what became her yearlong stint as an unlikely stripper, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer's keen eye and with wry observation.
Annotation:Eager to conquer the world, the author and her Connecticut trust-fund friend, Claire, both naive 21 year old graduates from Brown, set out to backpack around the world for a year and become heroines in their own epic stories. This amusing travelogue takes a mysterious turn when while backpacking through Communist China, Claire grows increasingly paranoid and delusional, eventually bolting on a bizarre bus trip that gets her picked up by the police
Annotation:Can’t get the theme song from the Orange is The New Black series on Netflix out of your head? Check out the latest album by the Moscow-born, Bronx-raised singer-songwriter responsible for “You’ve Got Time”.
Annotation:Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to jail, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process
Annotation:James and Kate are golden children of the late twentieth century, but an economic downturn and an unexpected pregnancy send them searching for a way to survive. A friend in California's Siskiyou County grows prime-grade marijuana; if James transports just one load from Cali to Florida, he'll pull down enough cash to survive for months. And so begins the life of a mule.
Annotation:A jaw-dropping story of how a NYU theater dropout from the suburbs ends up on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend eighteen months in a prince's harem, only to emerge from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser.
Annotation:"Life in a women's prison is full of surprises," writes Cristina Rathbone in her landmark account of life at MCI-Framingham. And so it is. After two intense court battles with prison officials, Rathbone gained unprecedented access to the otherwise invisible women of the oldest running women's prison in America. The picture that emerges is both astounding and enraging.
Annotation:Smith College alumna, Piper Kerman has a career, a boyfriend and a loving family when finds herself sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility for having delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago as a reckless young woman. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story 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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If you've enjoyed Orange is the New Black and would like to explore themes of doing time and making life altering decisions with unintended consequences, take a look at these suggestions for more reading, watching. and listening. - Darcee M.