Friday, February 24, 2012

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 pm to discuss Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010) by Piper Kerman. [The author will not be present.]

This memoir describes how, when federal agents knocked on her door with an indictment in hand, the author barely resembled the reckless young woman she was shortly after graduating Smith College. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, Ms. Kerman was forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking ten years before. Following a plea deal, she spent a year in the infamous women’s correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut. In the book, she takes readers into B-Dorm, a community of colorful, eccentric, vividly drawn women. Their stories raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

Piper Kerman is now a vice president at a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm that works with foundations and nonprofits. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Led by Assistant Readers’ Services Manager, Evelyn Fischel, Saturday Samplers is a book discussion group dedicated to sampling various kinds of literature, including short stories, nonfiction, new and old novels, and even teen fiction. Its goal is to search out interesting, noteworthy, and sometimes overlooked books. Readers can find information about the group and about the books and authors on the reading list at No sign-up is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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