Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, Piper Kerman

I haven’t seen the NetFlix series yet, but I understand it’s dramaed up. Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year spent in a federal women’s prison for a 10-year-old crime is a beautifully told story of women looking out for one another with compassion, humor, creativity, and respect; helping each other do their time and survive. And they do it under the auspices of a system designed to do just the opposite. Kerman grows incredible friendships with women she would not have dreamed of associating with on the outside. They become family to her. I will watch the fictionalized version, but I’m glad I know the real story.