Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison

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Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Random House Publishing Group | April 6, 2010 | Hardcover |

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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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385523386

ISBN - 13: 9780385523387

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Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison

Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385523386

ISBN - 13: 9780385523387

About the Book

A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison, "Orange Is the New Black" tells Kerman's dramatic story of her 15 months behind bars.

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Chapter One Are You Gonna Go My Way? International baggage claim in the Brussels airport was large and airy, with multiple carousels circling endlessly. I scurried from one to another, desperately trying to find my black suitcase. Because it was stuffed with drug money, I was more concerned than one might normally be about lost luggage. I was twenty-three in 1993 and probably looked like just another anxious young professional woman. My Doc Martens had been jettisoned in favor of beautiful handmade black suede heels. I wore black silk pants and a beige jacket, a typical jeune fille, not a bit counterculture, unless you spotted the tattoo on my neck. I had done exactly as I had been instructed, checking my bag in Chicago through Paris, where I had to switch planes to take a short flight to Brussels. When I arrived in Belgium, I looked for my black rollie at the baggage claim. It was nowhere to be seen. Fighting a rushing tide of panic, I asked in my mangled high school French what had become of my suitcase. “Bags don’t make it onto the right flight sometimes,” said the big lug working in baggage handling. “Wait for the next shuttle from Paris—it’s probably on that plane.” Had my bag been detected? I knew that carrying more than $10,000 undeclared was illegal, let alone carrying it for a West African drug lord. Were the authorities closing in on me? Maybe I should try to get through customs and run? Or perhaps the bag really was just de
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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Kerman’s book is a fascinating look down the rabbit hole that is prison… Unforgettable.” –People   “ 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   "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   "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 “Vivid, revealing…” —Entertainment Weekly   “[An] insightful and often very funny book…” —Salon.com   “Ten years after a fleeting post-Smith College flirtation with drug tra
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