The Netflix series Orange is the New Black was the surprise television hit of the summer! Set in a minimum-security women's prison, the show's vivid characters, sharp humor and soapy drama proved more addictive than anything Walter White could ever cook. At the center of the show is Piper Chapman, an upper-middle class white woman whose youthful dallying in the international drug trade earned her a 15-month stay behind bars. The show is based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, published in 2010 under the same title. Kerman, who served time in 2004 to 2005 at Danbury Correctional Facility in Connecticut, provides an unusual perspective on prison life. A graduate of tony Smith College, she had moved on to a respectable, professional life in New York when her past caught up with her completely unawares. In prison, she came to know women from very different backgrounds than her own and found ways to assemble a tolerable prison life. If you enjoyed the show and want to know the real story that inspired it, check out the book!
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