Orange is the New Black: The Memoir Behind the Hit Series

By Kelsey A. Liebenson-Morse

In Piper Kerman’s 2011 memoir, Orange Is The New Black, Kerman takes the reader “inside” her fifteen-month prison sentence at Danbury Correctional Facility. The memoir has been getting considerable attention since the release of the Netflix series of the same name, which has quickly gathered a cult following, perhaps because of its departure from the memoir (i.e. more drama).  What Kerman’s memoir offers is a clear-eyed retelling of her experience interacting with prison culture, the women she meets and eventually grows to love, admire, and respect, and the humb...

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