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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
 
 
Author
Piper Kerman.
Publisher Spiegel & Grau  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780385523394
Pages/Publication Date 327/2011
Daedalus Item Code 49190
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With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman now barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past caught up with her, and the blonde, blue-eyed Smith College alumna was sentenced to 15 months at the federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut. 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. In her heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging memoir—the source for the wildly popular Netflix original television series—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.

"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

"[The book] reads like an estrogen-drenched version of Dostoevsky's The House of the Dead, as our gentlewoman protagonist becomes exalted by her exposure to the beautiful souls of trannie divas, Latina grandmothers, a West Indian roommate, even a few politicals—radical pacifists and nuns who managed against all odds to run afoul of the U.S. penal code (along with, of course, a few of the truly dammed). It's a fantastic tale from the Siberia of America's war on drugs and is a rippingly fun read right down to the unexpected moment of closure that arrives before Kerman goes home to Larry for good."—Elle

 
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