Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

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 #11187-424 - one 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, Kerman's story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison - why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they're there.

So after watching Season 2 of this, I decided reading the book would be a cool idea :) It's fairly different, I like what they've done with the series from this. Every now and again a character pops up, but don't expect them to all be similar to how the show depicts them. It did make me wonder how any of them felt about their TV Show representation? Do you have to get permission and things like that?

Anyway, the book is still interesting to read and if you've watched the series, I would definitely recommend it.

1 comment:

MeeA said...

I've been wanting to read this for a while.
We don't really watch TV or series, so it's unlikely I'll get to see how the book and the series differ but maybe I'll make this series an exception and take the time to find and watch it...

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