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Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
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Aug 21, 12

Read from August 20 to 21, 2012

Underachieving Piper Kerman came from a privileged background, graduated Smith College, and craved adventure. She left her waitressing job to travel the world with a drug-trafficking lesbian lover, whom she aided and abetted, retrieving money wires for, couriering suitcases full of cash, etc. Abruptly she severed all ties with her "drug family" and put her criminal life behind her. Ten years later, while working a legitimate job and engaged in a heterosexual relationship, she was indicted on charges of drug smuggling conspiracy and money laundering. All that is presented in the first 19 pages. The rest of the book is about her one year experience in prison.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc detailed the lives of men in prison and the women who wait for their release in an excellent book titled Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx. She artfully culled her research in order to hone in on the most intriguing and heart-wrenching stories; even though LeBlanc's book was 132 pages longer than Kerman's I was easily able to keep all the character's names straight and was interested in following what happened to each of them. It's a shame Piper Kerman isn't a better story teller, as her experiences would make such a good book in the hands of a more entertaining writer. I was constantly confused about who she was talking about, annoyed with her self-satisfaction, and frankly a little bored about her minutiae.

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Frank Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm half way through the book and it sounds like Random Family is the book I'm wishing this one would be.


Jules Absolutely agree about Random Family


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