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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.

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  • Jaye

    I have to catch up on my economics reading. :-/

    January 22, 2014

  • Jayne S.

    My grandson has kindly gifted me with a nasty cold so I won't make it tonight. I did read the book and am binge watching the show on Netflix. It's quite good.

    January 22, 2014

  • Alyssa K.

    Can't waittttt!

    January 19, 2014

  • Dean

    Finished, and ready to discuss.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to change to no, as well, due to distance from work. Enjoy! Looks like a good book. Hope to join you next time

    January 12, 2014

  • Marie

    Have to change to a 'no' - that's just a little too far for me to go on a work night. Have fun!! Hopefully, I can make the next one.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to attend, but it may depend on location and work schedule

    January 11, 2014

  • Aurora

    What's the next book?

    January 5, 2014

    • Buddy

      They are listed under "Upcoming Books" .. Cheers!

      January 6, 2014

  • Alison

    Date now set! Location TBD based on attendance, so please RSVP appropriately.

    January 5, 2014

    • Jeniah

      I'm not sure I can go now. Wednesday is the end of the week for my classes, so if my homework isn't done, I won't be able to go.

      January 5, 2014

    • Alison

      :-( I hope you can make it!

      January 5, 2014

  • Alison

    The time and date are placeholders; when I can pin down my own schedule and that of a suitable restaurant, I will change them here. I promise it won't be 11am on a weekday, but it will be somewhere around the middle of the month.

    December 27, 2013

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