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Orange is the New Black   Tags: common read, cornerstone  

2015-2016 common read book for students enrolled in University of Northern Iowa Cornerstone courses. This guide is a collaboration between Rod Library and the UNI College Reading and Learning Center.
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Orange is the New Black

About the Book


Piper Kerman is the author of the 2010 memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.  

Her memoir tells the story of her conviction and her time spent at Danbury, a minimum security prison.

Selected for its diverse characters, it breaches all different types of people from race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, family structure, educational level, and more.


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Piper Kerman

About the Author

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black. There is a Netflix Original series now that is based loosely off of her book. She was indicted on a money laundering and drug trafficking charge 10 years after her crime. She was caught carrying money intended for the use of drugs in Chicago.  Piper committed her crime in 1993 and was charged in 1998. However, she did not go to prison until 2004.  

She served 13 months of her 15 month sentence. A majority of those months were in Danbury, Connecticut at a minimum security prison.  Piper also spent some of her time at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, while waiting to get sent to Chicago.  She ended up at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center in order to testify against Jonathan Bibby, whom she never even met.  

Prior to going to prison, Piper graduated from Smith College in Boston and had a stable happy life with her fiancé Larry. After prison, they got married and Piper became an activist for women’s rights in correctional facilities. She is currently a communication strategist for nonprofit organizations and an author.


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