January 10 Book Club: Orange Is the New Black, by Piper Kerman

  • January 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Cindy's House

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.



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  • Cecilia

    The Advocate listed Pasadena, CA, as the 2nd "gayest city in America" & mentioned the Pasadena Lesbian Book Club! http://www.advocate.com/print-i...­

    January 7, 2014

    • Annie

      Hi Abby! I would be happy to be an alternative host starting mid February. My place can most likely host a max of 15 attendees. I am in South Pasadena.

      January 14, 2014

    • Abby

      Great, Annie! I'm sure Sara will be happy to hear that going forward. Thanks!!

      January 14, 2014

  • sandy b.

    thanks again, cindy -- i really had a good time. the sofa was a great workout too !.............marie

    January 13, 2014

  • Abby

    Thanks so much to our hostess Cindi, and to everybody for making it a great time as usual. Sorry I didn't talk much, but I promise to come out of my shell soon. ;-D

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Martha

    A wonderfully lively discussion.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Cecilia

    Lively discussion, friendly group, a great way to spend an evening! Thanks!

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Kim S.

    Thanks Cindy for allowing us to hang at your place.....

    January 11, 2014

  • Kim S.

    Great time as usual..... :-)

    January 11, 2014

  • Taz

    This is such a warm and fun group. I really enjoyed the discussion and the company.

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • Monica

    I had unexpected surgery, so I won't be able to make it this time around. Have fun!

    January 8, 2014

    • Sara

      Hey Monica, Hope everything's OK, see you next time.

      January 9, 2014

  • Heather C.

    Sorry to say I will not be able to attend after all. Hope to be back at another meeting soon!

    January 3, 2014

  • Mare G.

    The Netflix series is excellent! Looking forward to reading the book!

    September 22, 2013

    • Cecilia

      I agree! I binged-watched almost the whole season. Looking forward to the book...and season 2!

      September 22, 2013

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