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Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Review: Orange is the New Black

I need to thank Allison for telling me to read Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman's memoir of spending just over a year in prison.  Imagine the least prison likely person possible.  You're probably picturing me right now.  Well that's basically what it was like for Piper Kerman a blond WASP who ran with the wrong crowd for a couple months after college.  Ten years later, she opened the door to a couple of cops who arrested her for drug trafficking and money laundering.

The book provides an inside look at a women's correctional facility and it is both odd and interesting (actually, it's interesting because it's odd) to sympathize with the hardened criminals who become Kerman's friends.  My biggest complaint is that the book was full of poor segues.  Kerman's individual snippets of life in the clink were great little nuggets, but they didn't always flow.  On the other hand, I loved how she overlaid the progress of Martha Stewart's trial, an event I remember clearly.

It's a quick read, so pick it up and learn a little bit about life in the big house.

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