Orange is the New Black
My Year in a Women's Prison
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Praise for Orange Is the New Black
“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
Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
Orange is the new black
Its so fun to find a book you cant put down. Kerman is fresh, insightful and truthful about her life experiences. The book 's narrative made me walk beside her in prison life. How we learn and what we do with our knowlege of our mistakes are certaintly key to our personal development. Helen krug
After hearing about this book from my daughter who is now in Alderson (where Martha Stewart did her time) I had to get this book. Once I started reading I realized that what my daughter had been telling me was the truth. So much of what she said and what happened to Piper was the same - in 2011.
Thanks Piper for all the info that you provided even though it made me sad to read about it knowing that my daughter is going through all that now.
My heart is heavy for many of those women in Federal prison for minor drug offenses separated from children, friends and family. Reentry to life is so hard for everyone. As I stand in line to vivid my daughter families discuss how the family does the same time with the prisoner.
Orange is the new black
Great read, amazing story of life in a woman's prison.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Apr 06, 2010
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English