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?
Written after her incarceration was over, from a journal she kept during, as well as from letters she wrote to friends during her time, it is an interesting perspective, especially on the lack of opportunities for rehabilitation, education, training, and job skills available to the prison population at large.
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.
She got an apartment with a college theater grad and her artist friend. Her neighbour was an older lesbian, who paid a lot of attention to Piper. Her name was Nora Jansen. Piper was intrigued with her. Over the months, she became much closer to Nora. When Nora came back from a trip, she moved into a much larger apartment. She asked Piper to go out for a drink. It was then that she told her how she made her money. Nora was brought into the drug smuggling world through her sister's friend who was "connected". Her sister was the girlfriend of an African drug lord named Alaji. Nora had seduced Piper and very soon, Piper was on her way to Brussels airport with a suitcase stuffed with 10,000$ of drug money. When she arrived, her suitcase was missing. She was told that it was probably on the next flight in. Piper was scared to death that she would be caught.
When Nora informed Piper that she wanted Piper to carry drugs, Piper knew that Nora was using her as a money runner. Nora's business was getting harder to maintain and she was taking a lot of chances. Piper knew that she had to leave the drug world behind.
Piper went to san Francisco to start a new life.Read more ›
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I am an avid reader, I have tried getting through this book 3 times, I get so annoyed at the narrative I just can’t finish it. It's nothing more than yuppie tripe.Published 20 hours ago by Amber
If you like the show, you will love the book! Came in the mail in like two days :)Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was ok. Basically her time in prison sounded like she was living in a dorm at university. Not terribly gripping.Published 23 days ago by Brenda
Perfect book, well written, and great to know what life is like. Thank youPublished 5 months ago by gsauter1
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 6 months ago by Clark Barrie