When federal agents knocked on her door with an indictment in hand, Piper Kerman barely resembled the reckless young woman she was shortly after graduating Smith College. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, Piper was forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.
Following a plea deal for her 10-year-old crime, Piper spent a year in the infamous women’s correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, which she found to be no “Club Fed.” In Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, Piper takes readers into B-Dorm, a community of colorful, eccentric, vividly drawn women. Their stories raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.
Compelling, moving, and often hilarious, Orange is the New Black sheds a unique light on life inside a women’s prison, by a Smith College graduate who did the crime and did the time.
Join your colleagues for the next Jefferson Book Club discussion on Thursday, November 14 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in room 200A Scott Library.
Update: We will be collecting soft covered books (in good to excellent condition) for the local organization Books Through Bars. They provide guidelines on books they need the most and books they don’t need. Please bring your donations to the discussion.
All students, faculty, and staff welcome. Lunch will be provided. Copies available from Jefferson Bookstore at a 30% discount and at Scott Library. If you’re not already a member, please take a moment to join!
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