Orange Is the New Black

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 before.

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 people 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. 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, 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.

Title:Orange Is the New Black
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:298 pages

    Orange Is the New Black Reviews

  • Larry Smith

    [Spoiler alert as to the ending of the book! Read at your own risk.]I'm biased because Piper is my wife, and I'm in this book. But I still think it's am amazing journey story. I'm pretty sure if I did...

  • Joice

    Allow me to summarize: "So, I am a privileged, white girl who was lost and confused. I made some mistakes, including becoming involved with an international drug ring. Oopsie. However, by the grace of...

  • Lynn

    What a shocker! A well-educated, upper class white woman goes to prison and builds strong bonds with her fellow inmates, who are mostly undereducated women of color from the wrong side of the tracks. ...

  • Clair

    After a very hearty recommendation from several people I trust, I started watching the Netflix original TV show Orange is The New Black. While it can be a little disjointed and awkward in parts, it ha...

  • Barb

    I really wanted to give this a better review, because I love it on Netflix.Maybe I would have liked it better if I hadn't seen the show first.Basically, I felt like this story lacked depth, was repeti...

  • Angie

    So, I read the reviews and people in the "dislike" camp are right. It's a memoir, so it's about her experience. The author's well off and a WASP and she had it relatively easy in prison what with all ...

  • Debbie

    It's not often that I outright dislike a book, but I disliked this one. Intensely. With a passion. I feel a little bad about that, as a good friend recommended it for our book club, but I'm guessing I...

  • Melissa ? Dog Lover ? Martin

    I totally picked up this book because I love the show on Netflix and wanted to read about the real deal. This is one of my favorite shows and it's funny because I could pick out some of the real peopl...

  • PhobicPrerogative

    The details in this book were impressive, but it got tiring eventually. I suppose she had to stretch out everything that happened that year into those pages.There were also a lot of women mentioned, a...

  • Lisa Vegan

    This book was remarkably enjoyable to read. The writing is light and breezy, and it?s very well written, though not beautifully written; it?s a very straightforward account.Even though the author ...