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3.00035733428622 out of 53.00035733428622 out of 53.00035733428622 out of 53.00035733428622 out of 53.00035733428622 out of 5 3.00 (5,597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Piper Kerman, Cassandra Campbell Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved this book. It’s a story rich with humor, pathos, and redemption. 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. I will never forget it.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “Fascinating…The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can’t unbind.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “Moving…Transcends the memoir genre’s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you.”

    USA Today

  • “This book is impossible to put down because [Kerman] could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “It’s a compelling awakening, and a harrowing one—both for the reader and for Kerman.”


  • “Kerman’s account radiates warmly from her skillful depiction of the personalities she befriended in prison, such as the Russian gangster’s wife who ruled the kitchen; Pop, the Spanish mami; lovelorn lesbians like Crazy Eyes; and the aged pacifist, Sister Platte. Kerman’s ordeal indeed proved life altering.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An absorbing, meditative look at life behind bars.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nisha Jain | 2/9/2014

    " An incredible memoir telling how much courage and strength a woman can have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rose | 2/3/2014

    " In the end, I was somewhat disappointed in the book. I liked the characters, and I was engaged by the plot, but I wanted the author to do more with her story. She was in a rather unique situation: A well educated upper middle class woman with journalistic connections who was in prison for a period of time for a somewhat scummy crime (heroin smuggling), that she actually committed. She was both far enough removed from the prison culture to be able to give an observer's perspective, and entwined enough to be a part of the prison community. While her escapades are interesting- I have no objection to the work as a literary piece- she only touches on issues such as the utter lack of resources available for reintegration of prisoners, and the abuses of power within the prison system. Perhaps I am too demanding of someone who has the simple goal of sharing her experiences, but I felt like Piper Kerman squandered an opportunity to bring some awareness to a , excuse my language, fucked up system that chugs along under most people's radar. An Excert from Piper's couple of pages on reintegration classes: "Next we heard about housing. Housing, employment, health and family- these are the factors that determine weather a person returning home from prison will succeed or fail as a law-abiding citizen. I knew the guy who was leading this session from CMS- he was a nice enough guy. And he talked about what he knew- which was insulation, aluminum siding, and the best kind of roof to put on your house. He talked about interiors too. I was so disgusted with BOP's farcical pre-release program that I just shut my eyes and waited for it to be over. One woman raised her hand "Um, Mr Green, that's cool and all, but I need to find an apartment to rent. Can you talk a little bit about how to get an apartment, and if there are any programs we could qualify for, you know, affordable housing and stuff. Someone told me I should just go to a homeless shelter..." He looked not irritated, but unsure "yeah, well, I don't really know too much about that. The best way to find an apartment is in the paper" And that's it. The penal system releasing people who have done their time straight into homeless shelters is a big deal! Especially if those people have kids or elderly parents who they need to care for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Boyette | 1/28/2014

    " Very informative about prisons and the people in them. This is a book I'll be thinking about for a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tami | 1/23/2014

    " An interesting read, but not really sure I'd recommend it. The book lacked flow and the author would literally jump from one story to the next without any obvious connection or cohesion, making the read very frustrating and choppy. The author also was a bit too self-aggrandizing for me. "

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About the Author

Piper Kerman is a vice president at a Washington, DC–based communications firm that works with foundations and nonprofits. A graduate of Smith College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband.