Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK:MY YEAR IN A WOMEN'S PRISON (PIPER KERMAN)

Ten years ago, Piper Kerman was a young, reckless, carefree college graduate. Not knowing what else to do with her life she made some decisions and those choices have finally caught up to her. Ten years prior she delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe never dreaming she'd be caught, especially after all this many years.

Sentenced to 15 months in the Danbury, Connecticut prison for women she was now prisoner #111187-424, just one of the millions of people incarcerated in the United States each year.

On February 4, 2004, 10 years after she committed her crime, Piper's boyfriend, Larry, drove her to the prison and kissed her goodbye for the final time. Together they walked inside, took a seat and waited. It wasn't long until a guard with a nasty scar down the side of her face and neck barked out: "KERMAN!" and thus began Piper's first day of incarceration where she'll meet women from all walks of life, experience her first strip search, and learns how to navigate her strange new world.

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman's story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison.

May 24, 2011

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a book everyone should read. Thanks for the review. Donna

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  2. Ann & Donna:

    Glad you both enjoyed the review! I'm sure you'd both really enjoy the book too!

    Thanks for leaving a comment, I appreciate it.

    Louise

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  3. Wow! I want to know what she did to get into such a mess and what happens in that prison. Thanks for your post.

    I'm from BookBloggers, so hope to see you around the BlogOshpere.

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  4. cleemckenzie:

    Thank you for leaving a post. I'm sure you're going to enjoy this book!

    Louise

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  5. Nice- review, I think I might pick this book up!
    Rae

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