Chilling tale of a woman's time behind bars

About Piper Kerman:

Ever hope your past stays in the past? For one woman her past came back to haunt her. Piper Kerman can't really explain what she was thinking when she got entangled with the drug traffickers who would eventually land her in prison.

"With young people, there is a much lower sense of the potential consequences of your actions." People do incredibly dumb things every day, people can relate to that on some level. The most interesting part of the story is not the stupid, reckless crime she committed but rather the consequences she had to pay.

When federal agents knocked on her door with an indictment in hand, Piper Kerman barely resembled the reckless young woman she was shortly after graduating Smith College. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, Piper was forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.

A compelling insider's account of life in a women's federal prison, and it's a behind-the-scenes look at America's war on drugs, and a story that has pathos and redemption.

Piper Kerman demonstrates affection, compassion, and even reverence that for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail. In the end, this book is not just a tale of prisons, drugs, crime, or justice; it is, simply put, a beautifully told story about how incredible women can be.

Following a plea deal for her 10-year-old crime, Piper spent a year in the infamous women's correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, which she found to be no "Club Fed."

In Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, Piper takes readers into B-Dorm, a community of colorful, eccentric, vividly drawn women. Their stories raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

Orange is the New Black sheds a unique light on life inside a women's prison, by a Smith College graduate who did the crime and did the time.

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