"Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" by Piper Kerman

Updated: Jan 30, 2020


TITLE: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

AUTHOR: Piper Kerman

PUBLISHER: Spiegel & Grau

PUBLISHED DATE: March 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-0385523394

PAGES: 327

At this point I have been watching the Netflix show, by the same name, for YEARSSSSS....and am just now finally reading this book.

....and to be honest...I'm glad I did.

The first season is extremely accurate to the book - save the whole Piper/Alex storyline. I now have a newfound respect for the actors who've brought these 'real-life' characters to the small screen, because they nailed it.

If you haven't seen the show, or read the book, let it be my pleasure to fill you in.

Piper Kerman, an upper-middle-class wasp with an ivy league education falls in love with an international drug-dealing lesbian during a tumultuous time in her twenties. After realizing that this woman, she at one time wanted to marry, views her solely as a drug mule, Kerman returns home and resumes her rightful place as an "upper-class blonde lady". After falling in love with a lovable Jewish boy who is always ready for a good time, and landing a well-paying job in New York City, Piper's past catches up to her, and she is sentenced to 15 months in prison for her role, now 10 years old, in a drug cartel.

Kerman tells this story with depth, humor, and deep conviction, and I was drawn all the way into the audiobook as if I had never watched the show at all. There are a few things that differ in the book from the TV series, but as far as the first season is concerned, these things are minimal.

Now...hardcore #OITNB fans probably are dying to know if I've seen season 5 yet, and how much do I love it. The answer to these questions are: (1) Yes, I have seen season 5 yet, and (2) I hated it. After trolling the hashtag #OITNB on Twitter, I have come to realize I'm in the minority, and I'm okay with that. After forcing myself to binge the season, I've spoken to loved ones who share my sentiment. Season 5 is a fake Black Lives Matter imposter - it seems the media is working overtime to delegitimize the real work that activists are out here doing, and none are as cringe-worthy as Season 5 of OITNB. My sister says she may very well be done with the show altogether, and I&#x