July 28th, 2010
When Piper Kerman was just out of college, she took up with a crowd very unlike her college friends. They were not only into drugs, but into drug smuggling. Piper eventually was convinced to transport a briefcase full of cash, after which, she decided to make a clean break from the group and start over in San Francisco. Many years later, her brief criminal past caught up with her as the drug ring was taken down and names were named.
Orange is the New Black is Piper’s fascinating memoir of her much-delayed incarceration at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT. While she shares the horror of having to go to prison, she also admits her guilt and fully understands she is there because of her own actions. As much as it is a memoir, it’s also a sociological look at what goes on in a minimum security federal prison. As Piper ticks off the months of her sentence, she also comes to understand the larger issues surrounding her crime and how she contributed to the addictions of others.
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