Next Book Group: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

orangeBook Group will meet next week on Friday, May 9, at noon, and the following week on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 a.m., to discuss Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, a memoir by Piper Kerman.

Kerman tells her story of being plucked from her upper-middle class life in New York City to serve time for a crime she committed over a decade earlier when she had recently graduated from Smith College, was trying to find her place in the world, and wound up transporting a suitcase of drug money overseas at the behest of her charismatic girlfriend. Sentenced to fifteen months in federal prison, Kerman’s memoir not only describes her experiences and thoughts while incarcerated, it also explores the prison system, which she describes as being “so much about wasted time and wasted opportunities,” as she is quoted in a New York article. Kerman now serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, an advocacy group founded in 1845.

Orange Is the New Black recently served as inspiration for a Netflix comedy-drama series of the same name created by Jenji Kohan, who also created the television series Weeds. An article in The New York Times explores the differences (and similarities) between Kerman’s real-life experiences and the fictionalized portrayal in the series, for which she served as a consultant to the production. The second season will premier in early June.

Boston Children’s Hospital staff are encouraged to join us in the AV Room in the Library on Friday, May 9, at noon, or on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 a.m., to participate in discussion about this memoir giving a rare look into the lives of women in prison.

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