Book Club Discussion Prompts: Orange is the New Black

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My book club here in LA really enjoyed reading Orange Is The New Black.  Probably because at least half of us are huge fans of the show.  While the book definitely differed greatly from the show, I personally enjoyed learning about the treatment of non-violent criminals here in the United States and found Piper Kerman's views on the subject to be enlightening.  This great website contains some pretty interesting statistics, and delves more in depth into the differences between the show, the memoir, and the actual U.S. prison system, if you're interested in researching more post-read.

Here are some discussion prompts for your own book club meeting, after the jump.   Beware... SPOILERS AHEAD!

xo V

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Recently, my Mom, sister, and I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market for the first time ever.  AND IT WAS GREAT!  I assumed that because of how well known it is, the prices would be through the roof, but I was very pleasantly surprised.  The vast majority of the booths were incredibly reasonable for all sorts of vintage treasures.  If you live in L.A., you know this is a huge relief.  Vintage items in good condition (especially clothes) can be super hard to find at a normal price point.  So, on that Sunday, there was much rejoicing!

My sis and I scored some cool rings and stuff for around our houses.  I can't wait to return - I have my eye on several vintage Varsity jackets, and am already dreaming of all the ways I'm going to embellish them for the shop this holiday season!



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Book Club: Orange is the New Black

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This month we're going to be reading "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison", by Piper Kerman.  Since this month will be so incredibly hectic for me with work obligations, the upcoming holidays, several close friends' birthdays, and planning my travel for Christmas, I have decided to download the audiobook of OITNB to my Kindle.  That way, I can just pop in my earbuds at the gym or around the house and get some literary-time in when I would normally just be listening to music in the background.  I'm also excited to hook up my Kindle's USB to my car, so I can enjoy Piper's story in surround sound while trapped in hideous L.A. traffic!  I love finding ways to make good use of my sitting-in-horrible-gridlock time.  Usually I just scroll through instagram (Shhhh - not while I'm MOVING, duh!)  

I haven't really listened to an audiobook since, like, fourth grade, so I'm remaining optimistic they've stepped up their game since then. offers two free downloads with a free 30-day trial, so it's totally risk-free to test this out.  I think it's going to be super helpful in helping to make sure the book is absorbed despite the busy schedule of the upcoming month!  I hate being a deadbeat book club member.  

Once again, at the end of the month, I'll be posting book club discussion prompts for you to use on your own or answer in the comments!  



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