Emily says: “The book is better than the show (SHOCKING)! The show is a worthy guilty pleasure for sure, and the book undoubtedly has its moments of straight-up entertainment. But where it truly thrives is in painting a human picture of those who survive in the US prison system, and in recognizing the massive shortcomings of that system. Kerman acknowledges that her experience is extremely atypical compared to most inmates she encountered, due mostly to privileges bestowed on her by race and class. But having made it through, she shows us that connection can happen within a soulless system.”
Inspired by Kerman, we’ve decided to do a book drive that will benefit inmates — it’s one of the ways that we, as a bookstore, can contribute to making their time spent inside more productive. Please see this page for details.