Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman was a reckless young woman when she delivered suitcases of drug money. Years later her past finally catches up with her, and she becomes inmate #11187-424 at the federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut. She learned to navigate that world, which was in stark contrast to the well-healed Smith College world of white privilege she came from, and this book is the result of that experience. There is also a successful Netflix program based on the book (which I have not seen as yet). I must admit when I started reading this book, I realized that by comparison I had led a very sheltered life, as it would not even occur to me to do some of the things she talks about so casually. But it is funny, and written well enough. There are a few instances in the book when I thought she did some pretty stupid things to be a fairly smart woman, but I suppose that charge could be made against many of us. I think I just might watch the Netflix series now and see what I think. From what I read, it is very well received.