Orange Is the New Black : My Year in a Women's Prison

Piper Kerman
Random House Publishing Group

#1NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187424one of the millions of people who disappear down the rabbit hole of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kermans story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prisonwhy it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when theyre there. Praise for Orange Is the New Black Fascinating . . . The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars cant unbind.People (four stars) I loved this book. Its a story rich with humor, pathos, and redemption. What I did not expect from this memoir was the affection, compassion, and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail. I will never forget it.Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love This book is impossible to put down because [Kerman] could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.Los Angeles Times Moving . . . transcends the memoir genres usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you.USA Today Its a compelling awakening, and a harrowing oneboth for the reader and for Kerman.Newsweek Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more.