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  • Published: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 298 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0385523386
  • 9780385523387
  • 0385523394
  • 0812986180


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Orange is the new black : my year in a woman's prison

by Kerman, Piper.

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Where To Find It

Call number: 365.43 Ke

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult

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Not Great

I love the netflix series so I thought I would give the book a try. There were a lot of characters in the book so I had trouble keeping track of the names. The story also was choppy so I had trouble understanding some parts. Overall, I like the TV series a lot better

Whiney, but interesting

My sister recommended this to me as well. I was underwhelmed. Kerman can write and she certainly had the bones for a great story, but the whining... Wasn't there a show on in the 70s where the catchphrase was "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time"? That tagline kept going through my head every time Kerman started whinging about why she was in jail and how hard it was.

I enjoyed her depictions of the people she shared her different cell blocks with. It gave me a new perspective on women's prisons.


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Engrossing and interesting

My mother recommended this book to me, and despite my skepticism I rather enjoyed it. This book is about a woman who goes to prison for a year, 10 years after a youthful indiscretion involving drug trafficking. Piper offers you an uncensored look at what prison life is like, and how cruel drug laws are to poor women.

While my mother and I both liked the book, we didn't like Piper terribly much. She did come off as a bit snotty. But at the same time I respect her for making good use of her time in prison.

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