Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
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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.
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...more
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...more
What we get is a l...more
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...more
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...more
Even though the author was so much more privileged than a typical women inmate, I got a good feel for not only her experiences but those of the even more unfortunate inmates.
I learned a lot about life on the inside. One main thing is if you’re a nice person and you treat others well and you’re open to relationships with other...more
Piper -- who is a white, upper-middle class college graduate from Boston -- is upfront about how stupid she was in her early 20s. In 1993, Piper was hanging out with a woman, Nora, who b...more
She goes through prison acting like a whiny, spoiled, entitled, rich brat. And then...more
Kerman's story is rather interesting in the first few chapters, but the crime and arrest lose about 90% of their immediacy because of the crazy ten year delay between them....more
Let's dig in...Piper wanted an adventure and her girlfriend point blank told her (up front!) she was in the drug business. Piper didn't flinch at this. Okay, for someone who didn't even dabble in drugs,...more
What I didn't like about this memoir was how judgmental and superior the author is to her situation. She barely takes responsib...more
Listening Length: 11 hours and 14 minutes
Version: Unabridged Audiobook
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Imagine doing something criminally dumb as an impetuous twenty-something, getting away with it and having it come back to haunt you just when you’ve got it all together? That’s what happened to Piper Kerman.
Piper was a young, adventurous college graduate who fell into a lesbian affair with a slightly older woman who was making her money in the drug trade. Piper q...more
So you can imagine that I was expecting great things to come from reading this book. Instead, I got just good things...more
Piper Kerman made a terrible mistake in 1993 when she was fresh out of college. At loose ends and seeking thrills, she sought out the 'wild side' as vocalized by the singer Lou Reed. She was 24. From her book, Kerman appears to be of an automatically knee-jerk rebellious nature, so in spite of her WASP privileges and family expectations, she majored in theater. After graduation, she rejects pursuing a career in theater after all, and instead convinced herself living the life of the pretender art...more
The title refers to the title of a New York Times fashion article, which a friend of Piper Kerman sent her shortly after she was imprisoned in the minimum security portion of the federal women’s prison in Danbury, Connecticut. I wouldn’t have dared.
Piper Kerman was imprisoned for 15 months (she served 13) for smuggling drug money. After graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts during the early 1990s, she stayed in Northampton and became the lover of a woman, Nora (an alias invented to prot...more
This is a very well written and captivating book, and what's funny is that I thought the main part, where she's in Danbury (the low security prison depicted in the show), actually seemed a lot...more
Funny story: When I was a young journalist I used to get letters sent to my place of work from a guy in prison. I don't know how or why he found our...more
Piper Kerman helped smuggle money while head over heels in love with her handler, a woman who would later help stab her in the back. She got out of it, though, an...more
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Then she got involved with Nora Jansen, who suddenly acquired a lot of money, and before she knew it, Kerman was crisscrossing the globe with her drug-trafficking girlfriend and even, just once, running drug money hers...more