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.
(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)
Do you have to find the evil in yourself in order to truly recognize it in the world? The vilest thing I had located, within myself and within the system that held me prisoner, was an indifference to the suffering of others. ~Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
I resisted reading Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman for too long. Note the publication date of 2010, and it is now summer of 2015.
Why the resistance? I couldn’t find in me to believe that a book about a young woman’s misplaced choices landing her in prison was worth my time. Let me clearly state: I WAS WRONG!
Piper Kerman gives a realistic, personal look at the justice system from questioning through arrest and trial to incarceration. None of this is pretty. Kerman spares us nothing. She keeps our backs up just like hers is on the inside–watching and waiting to see what happens next.
Fortunately, Kerman is befriended by women who have experience inside and who lend her a hand and protection throughout her stay. Because of these women, Kerman leaves prison knowing someone needs to make a difference.
One look at her website, Piper Kerman, shows you she has committed herself to doing just that.
As a memoir, Kerman has done a stellar job in telling her story. She states the facts for what they are, and Kerman stays with her story until its completion. Perhaps you prefer sci-fi, thrillers, or fiction. Give Piper Kerman’s memoir a try. You might be just as surprised as I was.
Meet Piper Kerman:
I want to share this video of Piper Kerman testifying before the U.S. Senate on solitary confinement and its impact on the growing population of women prisoners:
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Featured Image with Quote: The image and quote from the Women’s Prison Association is attributed to Piper Kerman’s website.
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