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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 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 298 pages
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Piper Kerman
  • English
  • 05 October 2018
  • 0385523386

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About the Author: Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black My Year in a Women s Prison, a 1 New York Times Bestseller The book has been adapted into an Emmy Award winning original series for Netflix.Piper is a graduate of Smith College Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and other publications She serves on the board of directors of the Women s Pri Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black My Year in a Women s Prison, a 1 New York Times Bestseller The book has been adapted into an Emmy Award winning original series for Netflix.Piper is a graduate of Smith College Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and other publications She serves on the board of directors of the Women s Prison Association and the advisory boards of JustLeadershipUSA, Healing Broken Circles and InsideOUT Writers She teaches creative nonfiction writing to incarcerated men and women Piper speaks frequently around the country about justice reform You can find information on these events andat www.piperkerman.com

10 thoughts on “Orange Is the New Black

  1. says:

    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 didn t know Piper I would be spreading the word on ORANGE just as I ve done other books I read a pre hype galley of Eat Pray Love, thought it was amazing, and sent to at least 5 friends So there Read Piper s book you ll be really glad you did.

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    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 my own incredible will, I got out, met a nice boy, and became a productive citizen Then boom Somebody snitched, and the government baddies came and put me in prison But I was stoic My heavens, was I ever I accepted my fate and the consequences for my actions And I was also pretty special Des 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 my own incredible will, I got out, met a nice boy, and became a productive citizen Then boom Somebody snitched, and the government baddies came and put me in prison But I was stoic My heavens, was I ever I accepted my fate and the consequences for my actions And I was also pretty special Despite my whiteness, all the brown and black folks loved me because Blondie yours truly had street smarts and was ever so helpful to those in need And you guys, these people taught me so much about life, love, and how hard it is to be NOT white and privileged Which was totally cool These people were my friends and I was sad when I had to leave them What a pile of sanctimonious balderdash

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    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 I liked the book and I liked her I did But it irritates me that she seems to be marketing the book as this revealing story about how we re all just human after all I didn t find her writing condescending of the other women I found her to be non judgmental and a truly good friend to everyone wort 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 I liked the book and I liked her I did But it irritates me that she seems to be marketing the book as this revealing story about how we re all just human after all I didn t find her writing condescending of the other women I found her to be non judgmental and a truly good friend to everyone worthy of her friendship She suffers the indignities of prison with a straightforward kind of courage She takes pride in the friendships she builds, in the work she does in prison and when opportunities arise for her because of her blonde hair and tight ass opportunities that would endear her to the prison staff yet distance her from her fellow inmates she politely turns them down So what s my problem Well, maybe this is unfair of me, but here goes It still feels too self congratulatory, too arrogant And WAY too self serving While these friendships were meaningful to her in prison, I highly doubt she maintains them She doesn t cop to the fact that the prison is a bubble, not the kind of bubble we think of when we talk about the lives of celebrities, but a bubble nonetheless And the friendships she built, she built as a means to her own survival She admits to reading the How to Survive Prison books, and I have no doubt that she hatched her plan to become just one of the gang as a result And that s why there s no epilogue She walks out of prison and she leaves those friendships behind There s nothingto tell about Pop, or Jae, or Natalie, because I suspect they are out of her life for good Quite simply, she doesn t need them any And what does she make of this experience in the final analysis She writes a book that is by and large about how she conquered prison How she navigated its tricky waters with aplomb How she managed to always come out smelling like a rose It bugs me I would feel differently if now, instead of working in PR in some DC company shilling god knows what, she were working toward making some sort of positive difference But I think for her it s just, Been there, Done that, Wrote the book Back to my regularly scheduled life of privilege

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    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 has its charm The characters are memorable and the story lines are very compelling While I haven t had time to marathon the series in its entirety, I thought to check out Piper Kerman s candid memoir of her life in prison, where she was incarcerated for a drug trafficking charge almost a decade afte 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 has its charm The characters are memorable and the story lines are very compelling While I haven t had time to marathon the series in its entirety, I thought to check out Piper Kerman s candid memoir of her life in prison, where she was incarcerated for a drug trafficking charge almost a decade after committing the crime.So, how does Kerman s biography stand up to the TV show Well There s certainly enough material to adapt, considering Kerman was a fish completely out of water when put into the prison scene, and tensions and drama are definitely going to crop up in a prison A little like high school, there are popular people whom you need to earn the approval of, there are authority figures who are either completely out of touch with your day to day life, or otherwise completely corrupt there are inmates who you might need to avoid, et cetera.What I m most disappointed in with Orange is the New Black is how it handles what the prison system does to its female inmates, and how different it is to the experience of a male prisoner You d think a highly educated person such as Piper Kerman coming from a very privileged background, and educated at a private university would notice these things and refer to facts and figures and essays in her work, but no Orange is the New Black is honestly one of the most nearsighted biographies I have read.Here s the thing I know biographies are supposed to be somewhat nearsighted They re accounts of something that happened to a singular person, whether they worked their guts out to become the Grand Chessmaster or a singer or a dancer or a professional chef However, Orange is the New Black deals with a rather sensitive subject, that being the experience of a female in prison There are tonnes of creative and intellectual ways to describe the isolation, the alienation, the sisterhood between inmates, the class structure between the incarcerated and the prison staff, and how a lot of women in prison cope with being unable to see their families or care for their children Which is briefly touched upon, but each time it s a rather throwaway reference It reads like Look at these women who don t want their kids to visit them Back to me Back to me Back to me Oh, would you look at the kids meeting their mothers on Mothering Sunday Sad isn t it Back to me The book makes one statistic clear to us, though the US prison population skyrockets year upon year The length of incarceration and recidivism affects people from all levels of society if you ever take a crime module in Sociology, prepare to blow apart the New Right s belief that criminals are only ever low class, uneducated thugs, and that rich people have the morals to not commit crimes Piper may not exclusively rub elbows with corrupt bankers and corporate embezzlers in prison, but it is important to note that Piper really, really casts herself as sticking out like a sore thumb Which, admittedly, she is she s a university educated upper middle class girl whose bohemian post college days led her to making bad decisions and whoops, having to pay the consequences for it later down the line A lot of girls in the prison don t have a high school education, and the high school degree programme in the prison has been shut down due to the prison s only classroom becoming mouldy.You d think Piper would come in and point out about the lack of opportunities for education and how prisons are subject to constant budget cuts despite the fact that some states in the US spendon their incarcerated individuals than they do on school children Nope It s just swept away as an aside.Here s the thing prison would open your eyes a lotthan the way Piper carries on She just goes through her days like nothing is wrong Piper s day is essentially I did this I did that Everyone was surprisingly nice to me I noticed this I did that I missed my old life I went to bed Towards the start of her incarceration, Piper starts getting books sent in from all her friends, and loving letters of encouragement Followed by one brief observation about how there are some people who get no letters or gifts whatsoever It would have been nice to elaborate on that in aempathic way than Oh, what a shame Her family and friends don t write to her Back to me Don t expect the book to contain any of the scenes from the TV show Red doesn t put a used tampon in a breakfast muffin, or get her staff to starve Piper You still see Pennsatucky, Red and Big Boo and the other inmates you ll know from the TV show, just under different monikers.Piper in the TV show starts off like a scared little mouse, but manages to claw her way up the social ladder in prison by using her wits Piper in the book just remains the same way she did when she arrived for her incarceration You never, ever get the sense that she learned anything from her experience aside from learning that sanitary towels can be used in a variety of ways.She s also quite judgemental and horrible in the book Big Boo is referred to as a bulldyke , which isn t really a word a cis woman like Piper ought to be using to describe a lesbian You could have said she was a bullish, heavy set woman, and mentioned her sexuality elsewhere if it really needed to be brought up , rather than going straight for the slur.Some of the white girls are referred to as Eminemlettes Let s look at how they re introduced, shall weCaucasian girls from the wrong side of the tracks with big mouths and big attitudes, who weren t taking shit from anyone except the men in their lives47% Yeah, that s not actually a funny observation And giving them that Eminem based nickname, considering that Eminem has quite a few songs featuring heavy violence towards women I have two rare birds of the Middle Finger genus I d like to show the author.There s also somebody referred to as bipolar Colleen No, seriously, our introduction to her is to slap her with her mental illness She s not a person at all, she s just a mental disorder Speaking of mental illnessThe twice daily pill line in Danbury was always long, snaking out of the medical office into the hall Some women were helped enormously by the medication they took, but some of them seemed zombified, doped to the gills Those women scared me what would happen when they hit the streets and no longer could go to pill line61% I think that extract speaks for itself, don t you To add to the uncomfortable homophobia, judgemental attitude and mentalism, we get some subtle transphobia Fans of the TV show will know Sophia, a transwoman in the prison who proves to be a very valuable friend to Piper and who quickly became one of my favourite characters for how well written and charming she was.Let s see how book Piper depicts Sophia named Vanessa in the bookI soon got my first glimpse of Vanessa all six feet, four inches of blond, coffee coloured, balloon breasted almost all woman that she was62% See that She s only almost a woman through Piper s eyes She s too tall and fake looking to be a woman, and it doesn t matter that Vanessa identifies as a woman and has worked to make her gender identity line up with her outside appearance, she ll never quite be a woman, according to Piper s narration here Excuse me while I go chuck something at the wallAn admiring crowd of young women had gathered around her, and she lapped up the attention This was no unassuming shim unfortunately incarcerated and trying to get along Vanessa was a full blown diva It was as if someone had shot Mariah Carey through a matter disrupter and plunked her down in our midst62% Note the use of the shim slur there The description of Vanessa being a prissy, attention seeking diva Piper makes her sound like a theatrical drag queen as opposed to a woman born into the wrong sex It s transphobia, and it s really gross to read In fact, she refers to Vanessa later as being drag queen funny , If it was supposed to be funny, then, no It s not.So, what about the rest of the book Honestly, it s really not that much of a riveting read This is honestly a case where the producers of the TV show sewed a silk purse out of a sow s ear, because the book does nothing with the premise we re given Piper just makes observations, occasionally harks to some sociological data and societal differences she s noticed, but it s done in such an offhanded and dismissive way I was actually craving for there to be references and studies listed in the back, like in Nancy Jo Sales The Bling Ring Even though that book is arguably just as judgemental and dismissive as this is You re basically reading the biography of a rich white girl whose time in prison was basically spent making friends with everyone, having a great link to the outside world seriously, she has a job in marketing at her friend s company just waiting for her when she s let out , getting fit in the prison s admittedly meagre exercise facilities, and enjoying her jobs in the construction and the electrical shop It didn t really live up to my expectations, and it turned what was a really enjoyable TV series into dull drudge that did nothing with its premise nor treated the characters as individuals They re just cardboard cut outs that occasionally come into Piper s line of sight every now and again Rather than developing them, Kerman just goes straight for the one word label which is preferably a slur she can refer to them as so that the audience know just what kind of oddballs they are, because prison is just full of deviants, right There s no warmth whatsoever in this novel Occasionally Piper makes an amusing observation about prison life, but the rest of the biography is delivered in such a myopic and unsympathetic fashion that I really struggled to understand just how such a fun TV series could come from such a boring biography that had no right to be anywhere near as dull as it was.2 5 This review is also available on my blog

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    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 repetitive and quite often felt phoney I was annoyed by the constant reminders that Piper s blue eyes and blonde hair made her life pretty easy, and that her inclusion with the popular crowd aka Pop s friends got her lots of perks Characters were underdeveloped and there was no real flow Oh, and d 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 repetitive and quite often felt phoney I was annoyed by the constant reminders that Piper s blue eyes and blonde hair made her life pretty easy, and that her inclusion with the popular crowd aka Pop s friends got her lots of perks Characters were underdeveloped and there was no real flow Oh, and don t get me started on unrealistic dialogue.I feel like this review isof an endorsement for the show than anything What Netflix has done is take a very mediocre framework and build something utterly fantastic on it I m sure they re paying Piper Kerman dearly for the rights to her story, but I feel like she should be paying them

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    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 the letters, books and visits she received from family and friends There are no major conclusions about the sociology of her experience nor are there calls to action on ways for people to address any of the many things prison does not do for society But I repeat, it is a memoir What we get is a l 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 the letters, books and visits she received from family and friends There are no major conclusions about the sociology of her experience nor are there calls to action on ways for people to address any of the many things prison does not do for society But I repeat, it is a memoir What we get is a look at what prison did to a healthy, sane woman, written in a clear, grammatically correct and engaging, storytelling style We get the psychological journey and it is enough to make me never want to go to jail, because even though she exited unscathed when compared to other prisoners, she still had a horrid experience It is up to the reader to flex those mental muscles, to practice a little empathy and draw the connections to the question of what if Piper were one of the other ones For example, the author describes the experience of exiting the prison system The lack of communication of what she could expect, the return to society training she was required to take, the description of having to give away all her things and leave dressed in one set of clothes that weren t even hers, with nothing in her pocket but the 28.50 she d earned in prison work She was crazed, became paranoid and scared because she was being released in a city thousands of miles from her family And she was an educated woman who had someone coming to pick her up.She told her story It is my job to make connections to the appropriateness of jail and other forms of revenge and punishment that are socially acceptable in our civilization To educate myself about programs written about in Shorris s Riches for the Poor and The Art of Freedom It is my job to reflect.I liked this book I think it is important because as an educated woman, I can relate I can see myself in her shoes And that is the power of this book to get people who wouldn t think that it could ever happen to them to see that it has happened to people like them And maybe getting me to see myself in those shoes will get me to reflect how we as a society punish law breaking I made that number up

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    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 had a surly face when I showed up to discuss it that evening.In terms of the writing, my main gripe is that nothing happens How is that possible you ask This privileged, blonde, Smith graduate went to jail Yes This is true And I have no idea how it s possible that nothing happens, but thi 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 had a surly face when I showed up to discuss it that evening.In terms of the writing, my main gripe is that nothing happens How is that possible you ask This privileged, blonde, Smith graduate went to jail Yes This is true And I have no idea how it s possible that nothing happens, but this also is true It s like she got out of jail, realized she could sell a book about her experiences, and cobbled together some random stories to form a semblance of a book There s no real flow or direction.Even worse than the writing, though, is the fact that there s no character development Piper doesn t seem to learn from her experience or grow as a person She basically tells us over and over again how much everyone likes her in jail Oh, and she s pretty So pretty Everyone tells her so She s such a shallow person, and while it can be great fun to read a book where the characters are completely unlikeable, I couldn t get past my distaste in this case

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    Two hundred women, no phones, no washing machines, no hair dryers it was like Lord of the Flies on estrogen. Piper Kerman screwed up She fell in love One thing led to another and the next thing she knew, she traveled the world as an international drug traffickers Whoops Ten years later, that drug ring was busted and her name was brought to attention.So, it would be fair to say she screwed up colossally.Despite the offence being a decade old, the current law forces all those who are invo Two hundred women, no phones, no washing machines, no hair dryers it was like Lord of the Flies on estrogen. Piper Kerman screwed up She fell in love One thing led to another and the next thing she knew, she traveled the world as an international drug traffickers Whoops Ten years later, that drug ring was busted and her name was brought to attention.So, it would be fair to say she screwed up colossally.Despite the offence being a decade old, the current law forces all those who are involved with drugs are pursued to the fullest extent of the law And so she goes to prison for fifteen months, with her family and fiance waving sadly from the sidelines Note fiance isn t the one who got her into trafficking I knew that I would have to be brave Not foolhardy, not in love with risk and danger, not making ridiculous exhibitions of myself to prove that I wasn t terrified really genuinely braveThis book did have a bit of a Mary Sue ness to Piper Her innocence and goodness is over emphasized and her drug involvement glossed over She does make herself out to be the end all be all hero but it was not nearly as bad as Wild However, she does own up to her mistakes and the zany, funny and heartbreaking side characters certainly made up for any of the Mary Sueing.The injustices she suffered i.e some of the male guards taking liberties with the pat downs , the conditions of the women s prison i.e sickening black mold in the GED classroom and the complete lack of everything normal i.e being given fresh underclothes that were very, very obviously used and unwashed were deplorable and of course made this book riveting and heartbreaking Every human being makes mistakes and does things they re not proud of They can be everyday, or they can be catastrophic And the unfortunate truth of being human is that we all have moments of indifference to other people s suffering The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge A book from a celebrity book club

  9. says:

    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 people in the book that are in the show Obviously the real names are not given Piper talks about the stupid, stupid drug stuff she got into with Nora I mean moving drugs and money for a drug lord, come on And then 10 years later, she gets caught and taken to jail Just when you think you turned your 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 people in the book that are in the show Obviously the real names are not given Piper talks about the stupid, stupid drug stuff she got into with Nora I mean moving drugs and money for a drug lord, come on And then 10 years later, she gets caught and taken to jail Just when you think you turned your life around, um, NOT And then when they tell her she is going to trial and then to prison, it takes 6 years to get to the trial I would have went nuts every day of those 6 years Piper talks about life in prison and about the friends she actually made there I really enjoyed reading about this because it make it a little nicer having friends As Nina headed down the hill to the FCI, I felt a real sense of loss She was the first real friend I had made, and I wouldn t have any contact with her at all Prison is so much about the people who are missing from your life and who fill your imagination Some of the women who had sisters or cousins down the hill in the high security prison One day while walking back to work after lunch, I glimpsed Nina through the back gate of the FCI and went crazy jumping up and down and waving She saw me and waved too The truck that patrolled the prison perimeter screeched to a halt between us Cut that shit out came sharply from the guard inside.Piper really did have a job in the electrical area and people came and went from jobs, from the prison It seemed like every time she made a good friend, they were off to to somewhere else I grew powerfully attached to Natalie in just a short time she was very kind to me and I could tell that being her bunkie conferred on me an odd credibility among other prisoners But despite, or because of, the fact that we lived in the closest of quarters, I knew virtually nothing about her just that she was from Jamaica and that she had two children, a daughter and a young son That was really it When I asked Natalie whether she had started her time down the hill in the FCI, she just shook her head No, bunkie, back in the day things were a little different I went down there for a little while an it was nothin nice That was all I was going to get It was clear that where Natalie was concerned, personal subjects were off limits, and I had to respect that.Piper had a lot of people visiting her in the jail, unlike in the tv series Larry, her fiance came all of the time But she had friends and family coming all of the time She was getting letters and tons of BOOKS in the mail Yes, books What would we do without our books I did enjoy this book a lot The author also does an interview at the back of the book and she has a lot of references to different things concerning women in jail I m going to look into some of them MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List

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    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, and my head was spinning, trying to keep track of them.Although well written, the one thing I honestly didn t like about this memoir is that the author came off as a bit smug, like she was better than the other prisoners There was a Mary Sue impression I got of her, the woman who got along with ev 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, and my head was spinning, trying to keep track of them.Although well written, the one thing I honestly didn t like about this memoir is that the author came off as a bit smug, like she was better than the other prisoners There was a Mary Sue impression I got of her, the woman who got along with everybody, the woman everybody thought of as the All American girl with blonde hair and blue eyes Unintentionally, she came off as a Saviour to her fellow inmates.Some parts of the story were frustrating her friends and family were amazing through it all Really There wasn t one person who was angry with her There wasn t one person in that network of friends who called her stupid for her stupid youthful decisions It made that part of her life so unreal that I didn t care much about reading anything involving Larry or her family.I admit I skipped the last few chapters when she was about to be released because it was a repetition of the same thing The ending was quite disappointing Questions were left unanswered did she keep in touch with the friends she made while in prison Or those who she left behind such as Pop and those who were released before and after her All those women she said were her dearest friends It would have been nice for us to know what happened AFTER her release For example, Pom Pom had sent a distressing letter to one of the inmates about having a hard time adjusting post release did Piper reach out to her More so, how did Piper adjust to being in the world after prison One chapter would have sufficed including those bits that readers were curious about, but all we got was aPiper Kerman is a Vice President, etcblurb, and it wasn t enough

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