Between the Lines Book Club: Orange is the New Black

between the lines book club logoBetween the Lines Book Club is thrilled to be meeting on January 23rd at Arden Dimick Library, at 10:30AM. We also meet here in the comments, so even if you don’t live in or near Sacramento, California, you can participate. This month’s selection is Orange is the New Black.


Orange is the New Black is a memoir by Piper Kerman. In 1993, Piper helped her girlfriend launder drug money. In 1998, she was indicted for money laundering and drug trafficking, and beginning in 2004 she spent thirteen months as an inmate at Danbury Prison, a minimum-security prison for women. Orange is the New Black tells of her experiences during her stay in prison. It became the basis for the Netflix show of the same name which to date has won a total of seven Emmy Awards.


Today, Piper serves on the Board of the Women’s Prison Association and is an advocate for prison reform. She has been married to her current husband, Larry, since 2006.


I was delighted to see that my favorite online study guide,, has an entry for Orange is the New Black. Study guides have a bad reputation because some people use the guide to avoid reading the book. Don’t do that! But as a supplement to your reading, study guides are great; so don’t be afraid to take a look.


Next week I’ll post a few links and clips from the TV show of the same name. It’s a show I’ve never watched, although it’s critically acclaimed and very popular. If you watch the show, how does it compare to the book? Why do you like or dislike about it? Let us know!