Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison Paperback – Mar 8 2011
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“Fascinating . . . The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can’t unbind.”—People (four stars)
“I loved this book. It’s a story rich with humor, pathos, and redemption. What I did not expect from this memoir was the affection, compassion, and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail. I will never forget it.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“This book is impossible to put down because [Kerman] could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.”—Los Angeles Times
“Moving . . . transcends the memoir genre’s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you.”—USA Today
“It’s a compelling awakening, and a harrowing one—both for the reader and for Kerman.”—Newsweek.com
About the Author
Piper Kerman is vice president of a Washington, D.C.–based communications firm that works with foundations and nonprofits. A graduate of Smith College, she lives in Brooklyn.See all Product Description
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Her experience focuses on a minimum security prison, where it appears that incarceration is largely useless, punitive and creates complex social challenges, as there is no consideration to rehabilitation and support. The criticism of the book I have read largely revolve around her being a privileged person - white, middle class, educated etc. - that is what it is. She repeatedly addresses her privilege in the book, recognizing in situation after situation her privilege and what that affords her (i.e. excellent representation in court, a job after release etc.).
Ultimately, the book is one that asks the question - what is the purpose of incarceration (in non-violent, lesser charges cases)? How is the system that we have created humane and what are the consequences not only for those imprisoned, but their families, communities and society as a whole?
I will still watch the next season of oitnb when it comes out as it is entertaining. That said, I am saddened that Netflix missed the opportunity to tell a real story, one that could have challenged stereotypes, inspired inquiry, and called for meaning.
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I purchased this as a gift. They really enjoyed reading it and were surprised by some of the things that were in the book that took place. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Clark Barrie
haven't quite finsished but love so far more in depth of what really happens better then watching the showPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is ok, But, i thought it would have been better written along with more info. G GPublished 6 months ago by Geri Gorling
Nothing like the TV series which I know disappointed some other readers, but I found it a fascinating story of a woman's journey through the prison system.Published 6 months ago by Katherine Young