If you've been binge-watching Orange Is the New Black like the rest of us, you might be interested in checking out "A Life to Live, This Side of the Bars," the 2010 Modern Love written by Larry Smith, the real-life boyfriend of the real-life Piper Kerman (known on the show as Piper Chapman). It's an interesting read, but measure your expectations — Taystee and Poussey don't even get mentions.

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Question, and I'm not trying to be snarky:

I watched the first episode of Orange Vs. Black. Now, maybe I had false expectations, but the person who recommended it to me went on and on about how hilarious it was. But I watched it and it just seemed really sad and depressing. If it's a show that's supposed to be sad and depressing, I might give it another shot. But is it supposed to be a comedy or was I steered wrong?