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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
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
Piper Kerman on Fresh Air
April - An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
May - River of Doubt by Candice Millard
June - Ordinary Grace by William Kent
Happy Bookers selections are chosen by the
participants. Suggest a book for
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
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