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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; MP3 Una edition (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452657661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452657660
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,061,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kerman's book is a fascinating look down the rabbit hole that is prison... Unforgettable." "-People"
""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."
-"Boston Globe
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"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 --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper Kerman's New York Times-bestselling memoir of the time she served in a US jail is fascinating, heartbreaking and hilarious. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anyone spending any time online during 2013 will have struggled not to notice a TV series called 'Orange is the New Black', which was the most viewed show commissioned by Netflix (a comedy filmed by Lionsgate) during the year. I had a holiday coming up as autumn approached and for a whole bunch of reasons went straight for Piper Kerman's original book, on which the TV series was based. Which for the sake of clarity will make you smile but unlike the show isn't written for laughs.

Piper Kerman comes from a middle-class family, is smart, well educated, is a pretty blond with blue eyes and possessed of a love for male and female partners. She also has an irresistible bohemian itch that leads her on all kinds of adventures and ultimately to jail.

During her mid-twenties she couriered drugs money as a favour and to pay a debt to a long term partner. She was arrested for the crime years later, when the drug syndicate collapsed and her ex-partner gave her name up as part of a deal. More than half a decade after being found guilty and being sentenced, Piper finally ends up in jail. The main focus of the story covers her thirteen months in jail.

The quality of the novel is that most educated, relatively law abiding citizens, will relate to Piper. She is a largely innocent everywoman, catapulted into the American penal system. And before anyone gets bent out of shape on the question of innocence - if you see this modern world in the black and white of right and wrong, the good and bad, then read on, this book might open your eyes.

Aside from the sincerity and lightness of touch in Piper's writing, the human story is what shines through.
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I had two reasons to read this book: 1 – I’d just finished binge-watching the first series of the Netflix show of the same name, and 2 – I used to work in a prison.

I loved the TV show. I thought it was something new and a bit different. I was keen, when I found out it was based on a ‘true story’ to read a bit more about it.

This autobiographical account of the incarceration of Piper Kerman is an essential read.

I strongly suspected that the book was going to be a lot less sensational than the show. I was right. There aren’t half as many wild stories in the book as even one episode of the show. The show is clearly ‘inspired by…’ but far from being straight lifted from the pages.

And this is a good thing. What the book lacks in sensationalism, it more than makes up for with insight, wit, and conscience.

Piper is not an instantly likeable character. She comes across initially as being a bit precious. Spoilt, even. Her perfect life, though, is brought back down to earth with a bump when the mistakes of her past come back to not only haunt her, but place her in jail.

The concept of ‘self surrender’ is strange to me, as someone who knows only the UK systems. However the time in which Kerman knows she is going to jail is spent carrying out meticulous research and planning on ‘how to survive’. What follows is a fascinating glimpse into what must be a terrifying prospect – being sent to the big house when you live on the ‘right’ side of the tracks.

There is a strong feeling of ‘there but for the grace of god’ throughout this book. I know I made mistakes in my twenties, as most do. It’s easy to forget that Kerman’s mistake wasn’t a drunken indiscretion or a momentary lapse – she was well aware of her role in a life-destroying industry. This is addressed later on in the book, and I certainly ended it wanting to know more about the author and having a lot of respect for her.
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I am British so my comments are as an outsider.

This book is one that once you start reading it you cannot put down. It can be challenging at times, There are characters in here, most of them prison staff, for whom it is difficult to feel any sympathy but we must remember that they are victims of an insane and underfunded system too.

After reading this it is difficult not to view the system as broken.
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If you enjoyed the Netflix series, you will love the book just as much. Piper Kerman's writing has captured the same story lines and emotions that it just as enjoyable to read as it is to watch the series. Very humorous, and not a huge amount varies from the programme.

A must have!
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Having devoured all 3 series of this on Netflix over the space of a few weeks I was missing my OITB fix and decided to give the book upon which the series is based a go. It makes for an interesting read, though as it is Piper Kerman's real life experience it is obviously not as scandalous and dramatic as the TV show. Kerman herself is actually quite likeable (I find myself going between liking and disliking Chapman) and the book is well written. She really gets you thinking as to just how effective the prison system actually is and the unfairness of some of the sentencing. If you're expecting this to be just like the show then you may find yourself a little disappointed but if you are looking for a relatable human insight into the world of people who have made mistakes that have come back to haunt them and the US prison system then it's worth a read.
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