""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...You sense [Kerman] wrote "Orange" to make readers think not about her but her fellow inmates. And, boy, does she succeed." -"USA Today"
"In "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison," Kerman puts us inside, from the first strip search...to the prison-issue unwashed underwear to the cucumbers and raw cauliflower that count as salad.... This book is impossible to put down because she could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter."
-"Los Angeles Times"
"Kerman neither sentimentalizes nor lectures. She keeps the details of her despair to a minimum along with her discussion of the outrages of the penal system, concentrating instead on descriptions of her direct experiences, both harrowing and hilarious, and the personalities of the women who shared them with her."
"Vivid, revealing..." "--Entertainment Weekly"
"[An] insightful and often very funny book..." "--Salon.com"
"Ten years after a fleeting post-Smith College flirtation with drug trafficking, Piper Kerman was arrested-a P.O.W. in the war on drugs. In Orange Is the New Black (Spiegel & Grau), Kerman presents-devoid of self-pity, and with novelistic flair-life in the clink as less Caged Heat and more Steel Magnolias. --"Vanity Fair"
"I loved this book, to a depth and degree that caught me by surprise. Of course it's a compelling insider's account of life in a women's federal prison, and of course it's a behind-the-scenes look at America's war on drugs, and of course it's a story rich with humor, pathos and redemption: All of that was to be expected. W