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Kerman, Piper. (2010) Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. Random House, NY: Spiegel ; Grau. This is the story of Piper Kerman, and how her personal experience from being in prison relates to that of other female offenders in the correctional system.
Kerman was born on September 28, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts. She came from an affluent and well-educated family, who were mostly teachers, lawyers, and doctors. Kerman attended Smith College in New England where she majored in theater and graduated in 1992. She is best known for her New York Times Bestseller memoir, Orange is the New Black. Soon after being published in 2010 the book caught the attention of television producer Jenji Kohan, who then later in 2013 created an Emmy-Award winning TV series on Netflix. Kerman also received the Justice Trailblazer Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
After graduating from Smith College in 1992, she decided to remain in her college’s town of Northampton, Massachusetts where Kerman worked as a waitress for some time. While working long hours at her odd end jobs, she met a raspy-voiced Midwesterner by the name of Catherine Cleary Wolters also known as “Nora” in the book. Wolters would be the women who would give Kerman the adventurous life she fancied, yet also change her life in the years to come. Kerman’s life took a drastic turn soon after getting involved with Wolters, who was connected in a drug-smuggling operation for a West African drug kingpin.

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