Happy Bookers Discussion Group

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 25
at 7:00 p.m.




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Discussion Questions

What do you think precipitated Piperís foray into crime? What might have made the drug world so enticing?

Nonviolent drug offenses are the reason the majority of the women in the book are in prison; should low-level nonviolent drug offenders be put in prison?

How do things like food and humor play a role in prisonersí survival? What special strengths and vulnerabilities do women have when they are in tight-knit single-sex communities such as Danbury? How do you think the needs (emotional and otherwise) of incarcerated men and women differ, and how do their needs differ once they return home?

Clearly the authorís race, education, and socioeconomic status have an impact on her experience. Should that matter when we consider her story? Do those factors make her story more or less credible? Whatís the difference between Danbury FCI, where the author spends most of her time, and the correctional facilities she is transferred to toward the end of the story? Does Piper change in these harsher environments?


Questions excerpted from ReadingGroupGuides


Author website

Danbury Correctional Facility

Piper Kerman on Fresh Air

 Upcoming Selections:

April - An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer

May - River of Doubt by Candice Millard

June - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Happy Bookers selections are chosen by the participants.  Suggest a book for discussion

The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library's monthly book discussion group.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers are always welcome, and no registration is necessary.  Call Deb at 908-454-3712 for more information.

Can't make the meeting? Visit our Happy Bookers Group on Goodreads and add your thoughts there!