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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (March 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385523394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385523394
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Piper's account of her year spent in prison was thought provoking and peaked my interest in following up with learning more about the incarceration system in the US. Although a memoir, the book's focus is actually more on the absurd and tragic consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing and the complete disregard for human life created by the prison complex, rather than one person's story.

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?

Highly recommended.
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A quick read. Perspective of a well-educated middle class white female on life for a year within a minimum-security federal penitentiary, observing her fellow female inmates, serving time for charges related to carrying drug-money internationally for her girlfriend many years prior.

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.
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Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison Honestly not what I was expecting at all. It was funny, sad, and horrifying all at the same time. I realize (as MANY other reviews point out) that Piper's story is a rare one. Very few people out through the American Prison System have the love and support of so many people. I wasn't blown away by the book, some things stood out for me, a little too much repetition, and a bit of confusion as to who was who, but over all I really enjoyed this book.Regardless of how common her situation is she still goes from a free woman to a locked up criminal (regardless of the level of security).It is easy for many people to say that she is whining about being sent to jail in the first place and that her memoir was written to further that whining. I don't see that to be the case. With this memoir, it feels (at least to me) that Piper is trying to share her time behind bars for two main reasons.The first is to give the rest of America (and beyond) a glimpse into a system that is a little more real than Martha Stewart's. She highlights in the book that Stewart's trial (and subsequent arrest) was at its height during her year in prison. Her "time in jail", as well as the story a fellow inmate told the press about; makes jail seam like a vacation. While Piper's story is not from the other end of the spectrum, it still allows for more of an inside view into the US Correctional System. The second and more important reason I found in the memoir was to show to general population that the lengths and severities of jail sentences do not always match the crime and can often be based upon looks and wealth.Read more ›
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This is a fascinating account of real events in a women's prison. It is well-written and was hard to put down. The various personalites are vividly described! I loved it, and some family members who have Netflix are loving the series, too!
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I'll admit: I only started to read this book because I watched the Netflix series and was too impatient to wait for the next season to come out; I needed to know how it ended. What I got was unexpected. The memoir is a lot more touching and human than the show, which I now know barely resembles the truth. Conned I was. The intimacy and vulnerability in the book is anything but sexual, and I, for one, was more satisfied.

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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It was in 1992 when Piper Kerman graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her major was theater. She got a job waitressing at a microbrewery. When summer was over, all her friends from college told her of the jobs they had in New York, San Francisco and Washington. Piper was going to live life her way. At the time she was 22 years old and her parents were separating. She liked the Bohemian lifestyle and wanted adventure and excitement. Piper had no clear plan for the future.

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.
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