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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Piper Kerman
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Jun 18, 2019 | ISBN 9780593163047 | 672 Minutes

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“Kerman’s book is a fascinating look down the rabbit hole that is prison. . . . Unforgettable.”—People

Orange transcends the memoir genre’s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you. You’d expect bad behavior in prison. But it’s the moments of joy, friendship and kindness that the author experienced that make Orange so moving and lovely…You sense [Kerman] wrote Orange to make readers think not about her but her fellow inmates. And, boy, does she succeed.” —USA Today

“In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman puts us inside, from the first strip search…to the prison-issue unwashed underwear to the cucumbers and raw cauliflower that count as salad…. This book is impossible to put down because she could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.”—Los Angeles Times

“Kerman neither sentimentalizes nor lectures. She keeps the details of her despair to a minimum along with her discussion of the outrages of the penal system, concentrating instead on descriptions of her direct experiences, both harrowing and hilarious, and the personalities of the women who shared them with her.” —Boston Globe

“Vivid, revealing.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[An] insightful and often very funny book.”—Salon

“In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman presents–devoid of self-pity, and with novelistic flair–life in the clink as less Caged Heat and more Steel Magnolias. Vanity Fair

“I loved this book, to a depth and degree that caught me by surprise. What I did not expect from this memoir was the affection, compassion, and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail. That was the surprising twist: that behind the bars of women’s prisons grow extraordinary friendships, ad hoc families, and delicate communities. In the end, this book is not just a tale of prisons, drugs, crime, or justice; it is, simply put, a beautifully told story about how incredible women can be, and I will never forget it.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Don’t let the irreverent title mislead: This is a serious and bighearted book that depicts life in a women’s prison with great detail and—crucially—with empathy and respect for Piper Kerman’s fellow prisoners, most of whom did not and do not have her advantages and options. With its expert reporting and humane, clear-eyed storytelling, Orange Is the New Black will join Ted Conover’s Newjack among the necessary contemporary books about the American prison experience.” — Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun and co-author of Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated

“I can’t stop thinking about this marvelous book, about the generous and lovely women with whom Piper Kerman served her time. I never expected to pick up a memoir about prison and find myself immersed in a story of grace, of friendship, of loyalty and love. I have never read anything like this book, and I will read and reread it again and again.”—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother and Daughter’s Keeper

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