Author: Piper Kerman
About the book: It documents the author’s experience in prison after being charged with a drug-related crime.
First impressions: I’ve never watched the TV series, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I was curious to check it out.
Content: The book mainly details Kerman’s time in jail. She writes about many of the women she meets there. I would’ve liked to read more about her life before and after her incarceration. That said, I think Kerman learns a lot from the experience.
“All I felt was that I had willfully hurt and disappointed everyone I loved most and carelessly thrown my life away.”
Writing: The chapters aren’t long, and there are short chapter breaks within them. It’s well-written, but the memoir wasn’t an easy read for me. Kerman explores different and difficult topics like drug issues that opened my eyes.
Final thoughts: I wish the book could’ve explored what happened to the other women who got released. Still, I feel like this read will stick with me for a while.
Despite the hardships of jail, Kerman shares stories of kindness from her fellow inmates. If you’re looking for a prison memoir from the perspective of a woman, check out Orange Is the New Black.