Prepare For Season 4 Of Orange Is the New Black With Piper’s Prison Book Club

by  | June 16

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Off the Shelf. Orange Is the New Black season four premieres tomorrow, June 17. 


If you have just awoken surrounded by cereal bowls with no idea of what’s happened in the world in the past three days, odds are you have just finished binge-watching season three of Netflix’s runaway hit Orange Is the New Black. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because we have compiled a list of our ten favorite books featured throughout the season to keep you reading until season four.

1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little Brown)

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In this luminous novel, 14-year-old Susie Salmon dies a violent death and goes to heaven while her family struggles to pick up the pieces left in her wake. While incarcerated, Flaca reads Alice Sebold’s haunting classic on Mother’s Day, perhaps hinting at the discord in Flaca’s own past.

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2. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow)


When an unlikely friendship blossoms between Big Boo and Pennsatucky, Boo explains supply and demand with the help of this now ubiquitous exploration of economics.

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3. Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin (Speak)

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It’s a tough Mother’s Day for Red, who is feeling betrayed by her husband and sons. Meredith Zeitlin’s tale of a high school girl’s adventures in Greece is just the light, escapist read that she needs.

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4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little Brown)

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In this season, Piper brazenly takes the helm of a risky prison enterprise. Donna Tartt’s hugely popular and Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of survival and reinvention perfectly accompanies Piper’s transformation into a Litchfield bigwig.

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5. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Little Brown)


When a bedbug scare leads to a mass burning of the prison library’s books, the inmates memorialize the lost tomes. These include, in Poussey’s words, “All the David Sedarises.” His newest laugh-out-loud funny book is sure to be missed.

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Read the rest on Off the Shelfand obviously, don’t miss season 4 of Orange is the New Black, hitting Netflix tomorrow!

(Featured photo: Netflix)