Sep 6, 2013 — Piper Kerman's Orange Is The New Black, a memoir that inspired a Netflix series, rises to No. 1.
Aug 12, 2013 — When she was 24, Piper Kerman dated a woman who was part of a drug smuggling ring. Years later, after being named as part of that ring, Kerman served time in a federal prison and at one point shared a cell with her former girlfriend. Her memoir of that experience inspired the Netflix series.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Channeling Mark Twain by Carol Muske-Dukes. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 6, 2010 — Piper Kerman was bored with her middle class life — so she joined a group of artists-turned-drug smugglers. Her memoir, Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison, recounts her exotic life in the drug trade, her attempt to leave it behind, and her experience serving time with other women from all walks of life.
Jul 5, 2007 — Carol Muske-Dukes has written three novels and seven collections of poetry, been a National Book Award finalist and received a Guggenheim fellowship. Her latest novel is Channeling Mark Twain, which fellow author Mary Karr describes as "a riveting story about women in prison, with language that scorches the page and characters you won't be able to live without."
Jan 12, 2006 — The latest novel from Sigrid Nunez, The Last of Her Kind, tracks a woman's life from her college days in the late 1960s to the present. As she describes her own life, the narrator, Georgette, also details the legacy of fierce idealism — and violence.
Dec 9, 2004 — After more than 30 years of controversy, New York state lawmakers voted Tuesday to soften the so-called Rockefeller drug laws, reducing minimum mandatory sentence for drug convictions. The modified rules allow more than 400 inmates now serving lengthy sentences to appeal their cases. Among those applauding the change is Elaine Bartlett, who as a young mother of four was sentenced to 20 years in prison under the Rockefeller laws. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Bartlett, investigative reporter Jennifer Gonnerman and New York City special narcotics prosecutor Bridgett Brennan.