Reaching for Higher Ground, Common Read: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
This is the author’s story of how she was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime at a time in her life when she no longer resembled the reckless young woman she had been when she committed the crimes that caught up with her. With a promising career, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless foray into the world of drug trafficking. She spent thirteen months in prison where she met a variety of women living under exceptional circumstances. She tells the story of being locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and uneasy relationships between prisoner and jailer are constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. This is a look into the lives of women in prison, why we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they are there. Check out one of our latest Library displays, located on the 2nd floor by the Book Bistro, for more resources about this topic.