Maryville Reads 2014-2015
The 2014-2015 Maryville Reads selection is Piper Kerman's Orange is the New Black.
About the book:
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there. The book is the basis for the Netflix original series of the same name.
Piper Kerman will visit Maryville University for a presentation, Q & A, and book signing on these days:
Maryville Talks Books Event: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Maryville Reads Event: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:15 p.m.
Both events will take place in the Maryville University Auditorium.