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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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ISBN13: 9780385523394
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A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison.

When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she'd committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her.Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.

Kerman spent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman tells the story of those long months locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated.

Revealing, moving, and enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a unique perspective on the criminal justice system, the reasons we send so many people to prison, and what happens to them when they're there.

Review:

"Kerman's book is a fascinating look down the rabbit hole that is prison… Unforgettable." People

Review:

"Orange transcends the memoir genre's usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you. You'd expect bad behavior in prison. But it's the moments of joy, friendship and kindness that the author experienced that make Orange so moving and lovely…You sense [Kerman] wrote Orange to make readers think not about her but her fellow inmates. And, boy, does she succeed." USA Today

Review:

"In Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, Kerman puts us inside, from the first strip search...to the prison-issue unwashed underwear to the cucumbers and raw cauliflower that count as salad.... This book is impossible to put down because she could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Kerman neither sentimentalizes nor lectures. She keeps the details of her despair to a minimum along with her discussion of the outrages of the penal system, concentrating instead on descriptions of her direct experiences, both harrowing and hilarious, and the personalities of the women who shared them with her." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

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 ago. 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 women 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, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. 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.

Synopsis:

Staffed and run by a band of misfit inmates, the kitchen at Litchfield is in many ways the center of the popular show Orange Is the New Blackand#8212;a setting for camaraderie, drug smuggling, power struggles, and plot twists. And then there is the food. With 65 recipes, 12 sidebars that expand upon the fiction of the show, and 60 photographs from the show featuring favorite characters and memorable moments, Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook adds new dimensions to any fanand#8217;s obsession.

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The recipes cover three square meals a day, plus snacks/sides, desserts, and drinks. They include Redand#8217;s Chicken Kiev, Miss Claudetteand#8217;s Coconut Cake, and Prison Punch. The sidebars include Taysteeand#8217;s sugandshy;gested prison reading list, the recipe for Redand#8217;s Homemade Homeopathic Remedies, and a prison glossary.

and#160;

Chock full of in-depth information about the show, including recipe headnotes by the characters, DIY projects that emulate notable props, and prison factoids that help bring the show to life, this cookbook will bring a little piece of Litchfield right into your very own kitchen.

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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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Cliffie H-B, August 1, 2014 (view all comments by Cliffie H-B)
A self-serving diatribe by a selfish egomaniac. Yes, I did finish the book - to see if Ms. Kerman would ever take responsibility for her actions. She didn't - she thinks that she is far too wonderful to accept any blame for the disruption and heartache her actions caused. I have lost friends and family members due to drug abuse problems, and there is nothing about Ms. Kerman's involvement in drug trafficking that is OK. Don't give this woman a dime of your hard-earned money.
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hipmamadpx, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by hipmamadpx)
I picked up this book as background reading for a work project, and ended up loving it. It's a very compelling personal narrative that integrates staggering facts about the prison system, and particularly female incarceration. You can't help but become an advocate for prison reform after reading it. I gave the book 4 stars only because the writing gets a bit repetitive a few times and isn't the kind of singing prose you find in Louise Erdrich and the like, but it shines in its own right. I'm grateful for people like Piper Kerman who recognize an extraordinary experience for what it is, and then share it with the rest of us. Eye opening, heartbreaking, funny, inspiring.
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odijooonpurpose, June 5, 2011 (view all comments by odijooonpurpose)
Great memoir looking at humanity. Humanizes the experience of prison & turns prisoners into real people. Ms. Kerman's experiences point to many of the issues within our prison system (why do we lock up so many nonviolent drug offenders, for example) without beating you on the head with it.

I found myself engrossed, & eager for her release.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385523394
Author:
Kerman, Piper
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Author:
Voss, Hartley
Author:
Regnery, Alex
Author:
Kohan, Jenji
Author:
Herrmann, Tara
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Television - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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Product details 352 pages Spiegel & Grau - English 9780385523394 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kerman's book is a fascinating look down the rabbit hole that is prison… Unforgettable."
"Review" by , "Orange transcends the memoir genre's usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you. You'd expect bad behavior in prison. But it's the moments of joy, friendship and kindness that the author experienced that make Orange so moving and lovely…You sense [Kerman] wrote Orange to make readers think not about her but her fellow inmates. And, boy, does she succeed."
"Review" by , "In Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, Kerman puts us inside, from the first strip search...to the prison-issue unwashed underwear to the cucumbers and raw cauliflower that count as salad.... This book is impossible to put down because she could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter."
"Review" by , "Kerman neither sentimentalizes nor lectures. She keeps the details of her despair to a minimum along with her discussion of the outrages of the penal system, concentrating instead on descriptions of her direct experiences, both harrowing and hilarious, and the personalities of the women who shared them with her."
"Synopsis" by , 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 ago. 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 women 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, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Staffed and run by a band of misfit inmates, the kitchen at Litchfield is in many ways the center of the popular show Orange Is the New Blackand#8212;a setting for camaraderie, drug smuggling, power struggles, and plot twists. And then there is the food. With 65 recipes, 12 sidebars that expand upon the fiction of the show, and 60 photographs from the show featuring favorite characters and memorable moments, Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook adds new dimensions to any fanand#8217;s obsession.

and#160;

The recipes cover three square meals a day, plus snacks/sides, desserts, and drinks. They include Redand#8217;s Chicken Kiev, Miss Claudetteand#8217;s Coconut Cake, and Prison Punch. The sidebars include Taysteeand#8217;s sugandshy;gested prison reading list, the recipe for Redand#8217;s Homemade Homeopathic Remedies, and a prison glossary.

and#160;

Chock full of in-depth information about the show, including recipe headnotes by the characters, DIY projects that emulate notable props, and prison factoids that help bring the show to life, this cookbook will bring a little piece of Litchfield right into your very own kitchen.

and#160;

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