Orange Is The New Black: My Time in a Women’s Prison

A review of Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman…

Book: Orange Is The New Black: My Time in a Women’s PrisonIMG_0267-001.JPG

Author: Piper Kerman

Pages: 327 (Paperback)

Genre: Memoir, True Stories, Prison

Age Recommendation: 16+

Published: 18/07/2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN: 9780349139869


“Maybe, because all these good people loved me enough to help me, maybe I wasn’t quite as bad as I felt. Maybe there was a part of me that was worthy of their love.”

Orange Is The New Black: My Time in a Women’s Prison is a memoir by Piper Kerman. The book tells the story of her drug trafficking conviction and the year she spent in a women’s prison in Connecticut. From her first strip search to her release, Piper has to learn how to live in this strange new world. It has its own rules, its unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous.

Earlier this year, I became a fan of the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. I could not get enough of it. The only problem is (or maybe this is a good thing for some people) Netflix release each season in its entirety. This means that if you have little to no self-control, you have to wait an entire year for more episodes.  After consuming the latest season in one week, I turned to the original memoir to keep me going.

First of all, the book is not really like the series. There’s not as much drama, danger or emphasis on romantic relationships as there is in the show. You also don’t get to learn a great deal about the individual women in the prison. But that’s okay. Orange Is The New Black: My Time in a Women’s Prison is simply the story of Piper. An upper class, well-educated, white woman whose reckless past comes back to haunt her a decade after she committed the crime. In the prison, Piper meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with generosity, truths, and acceptance.

I found reading this memoir surprisingly enjoyable. I had never read a memoir before, but I found it relaxing, insightful and often quite funny. It isn’t beautifully written and there isn’t a great deal of depth to the story, however, it is a well written, lighthearted insight into life on the inside and I am so glad I read it.
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