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Mirkat Always Reading

I'm always reading something, usually multiple books at a time.

Currently reading

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Audio)
Gabriel García Márquez, John Lee

Memoirs Are the New Black

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman, Cassandra Campbell


I listened to the audiobook after having watched the first season of the show on DVD.  (I don't have cable, so I binge-watch DVDs from the library and am always at least one season behind everyone else.  No spoilers, please!)


Having enjoyed season one of the show, I thoroughly enjoyed the memoir that inspired it.  My husband had been commenting that the show "has so much psycho-drama."  The memoir has almost none of that, and much more camaraderie and solidarity amongst the inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT.  I found that quite heartening, and although I already had a sense of the damage mandatory sentencing for drug offenses causes, Kerman's realizations about their human toll really drove that point home.  I can certainly understand why the show did ramp up the "drama" factor (as well as sexing it up as it does), but the more calm true story really appeals to me.