I used this book for the Treasure Hunt (a color), Women Challenge, Young Adult Reads 2013 Year Long Reading Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, and 52 Books in 52 Weeks.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. I picked up this memoir because I LOVED the show, and it did not disappoint. The two are not exactly the same but the book is very well-written and hilarious.