Prison Life

Library holds are building for Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman’s memoir of her 13 months incarcerated in the Danbury Federal Prison in Connecticut. A Smith college graduate with access to good lawyers, Kerman seemed an unlikely candidate for prison, but she was convicted on ten-year-old drug trafficking charges.

The book received considerable prepub attention, with an excerpt in The New York Times Magazine, another one in Marie Claire, and a profile hearalding her “…Hot New Memoir…” in New York magazine.

USA Today reviews it, warning readers to,

Resist the impulse to dismiss Kerman’s book as The Preppy Handbook for the Club Fed crowd. 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.

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison
Piper Kerman
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau – (2010-04-06)
ISBN / EAN: 0385523386 / 9780385523387

Adobe EPUB eBook available from OverDrive.

2 Responses to “Prison Life”

  1. marianne weill Says:

    Looking forward to Piper Kerman’s appearance as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary on Thursday, May 13th at 7 p.m.
    free and open to all. Deep in the book where I relearned that we still put nuns in prison…

  2. Cari Says:

    I’m reading this book right now. It’s so good! And there are many holds at my library, so I need to hurry up and bring it back. I just love Kerman’s honesty and transparency.