By Piper Kerman
#8857. Now developed into a popular Netflix original TV series, this fascinating book provides an inside look at the realities of incarceration. With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman is sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut.
The well-heeled Smith College graduate 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.
352 pages. Softcover. 2013. $16.00. SPECIALS: 10 copies for $149.95; 100 copies for $1,395.00.