by Piper Kerman

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Convicted for a bad mistake made a decade before, Piper Kerman heads to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve out a fifteen month prison sentence for drug smuggling and money laundering.  Although the idea is intriguing, an upper-middle class educated white women, being sent to the live with hardened criminals. Kerman, however, didn’t seem to portray the rough criminals we hear about every day.  It seemed like most of the women inmates were sweet and hardworking women who looked up to Piper. There were not many instances in the book that made me feel sympathy for Kerman. It seemed the worst thing Kerman had to face was a lack of fresh vegetables, and occasional encounters with verbally abusive prison staff. In fact, Piper found time to do yoga, run the track, and help her fellow inmates with their homework. Although there is no doubt that doing time is rough, no matter where you go, the part I have a problem with is that Kerman fails to portray that in her memoir. Interesting enough, a TV series based on the memoir is now an original Netflix series.

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