Tuesday, January 28, 2014
After I watched the NetFlix series based on this book, I decided I wanted to read Piper Kerman's personal account of her prison experience. I found this book, though much less dramatic than Hollywood's version, of course, to be enlightening about the intricate social environment going on inside of prisons. Kerman shares her own insights about how useless time spent behind bars usually is and how desperately our legal system needs to be revamped to offer true rehabilitation to those who have erred in the sight of the law in order to prepare them for return to the outside world as productive citizens instead of repeat offenders. This book also shows how important empathy for others and forming interhuman relationships is to each individual's survival in any situation, no matter how dire. I enjoyed this memoir and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in prisoners' daily lives and routines and what being imprisoned really means in our society.