Books Referenced in OITNB

If you love Orange Is The New Black, you are no doubt familiar with the bookish-ness of the show. Not only is the show based on the published memoir of Piper Kerman, but the characters consistently reference and are shown reading modern books from the real world. Often the books hold significance, either to the plot line or to the development of the characters – either way, the books are significant.

With the release of the 5th season of OITNB (June 9th), we revisited the first four seasons and compiled a list of the books mentioned throughout the show.

Find our commentary comparing the memoir Orange Is The New Black to the Netflix Original series here.  Visit the Books of Orange is the New Black tumblr account, or BookRiot, for more on the books read and referenced in the show.

  1. The Diary of a Young Girl 
    by Anne FrankImage result for anne frank
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) 
    by J.K. Rowling
  3. Image result for harry potter goblet of fireAtonement 
    by Ian McEwan
  4. The Fault in Our Stars 
    by John Green
  5. The Glass Castle 
    by Jeannette Walls
  6. Gone Girl 
    by Gillian FlynnImage result for americanah
  7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
    by Anne Lamott
  8. Americanah 
    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. Emma 
    by Jane Austen
  10. Fighting for Air – the Unknown Adventures of Young Doc Holliday 
    by Jack KincadeImage result for alice in wonderland book cover
  11. Alice in Wonderland 
    by Jane Carruth
  12. The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) 
    by Patrick Rothfuss
  13. Anna Karenina 
    by Leo Tolstoy
  14. Pride and Prejudice Image result for pride and prejudice
    by Jane Austen
  15. The Help Image result for the help
    by Kathryn Stockett
  16. It 
    by Stephen King
  17. Fraidyzoo 
    by Thyra Heder
  18. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) 
    by Patrick Rothfuss
  19. Freshman Year & Other 
  20. Image result for girl with dragon tattoo book coverUnnatural Disasters 
    by Meredith Zeitlin
  21. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves 
    by Karen Joy Fowler
  22. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) 
    by Stieg LarssonImage result for 1984
  23. Charlotte’s Web 
    by E.B. White
  24. 1984 
    by George Orwell
  25. Romeo and Juliet 
    by William Shakespeare
  26. Arms and the Man 
    by George Bernard Shaw
  27. The Goldfinch 
    by Donna Tartt
  28. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Image result for freakonomicsHidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1) 
    by Steven D. Levitt
  29. Hamlet 
    by William Shakespeare
  30. Eat, Pray, Love 
    by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author)
  31. Oliver Twist 
    by Charles Dickens
  32. Holy Bible: King James Version Image result for holy bible king james version
    by Anonymous
  33. Les Misérables 
    by Victor Hugo
  34. State of Wonder 
    by Ann Patchett
  35. Outlander (Outlander #1) 
    by Diana Gabaldon
  36. Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and Image result for the end of men and the rise of womenthe Reinvention of the American Grown-Up 
    by Christopher Noxon
  37. The End of Men: And the Rise of Women 
    by Hanna Rosin
  38. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood 
    by Leah Vincent
  39. Hand-me-downs 
    by Rhea Kohan
  40. Sinful Chocolate 
    by Adrianne Byrd
  41. We Are the Goldens 
    by Dana Reinhardt
  42. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief 
    by Lawrence Wright
  43. The Mist 
    by Stephen King
  44. Orlando  by Virginia Woolf
  45. Successful Interview Skills: How to Present Yourself with Confidence 
    by Rebecca Corfield
  46. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Image result for fifty shades of grey
    by E.L. James
  47. City of Thieves 
    by David Benioff
  48. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen 
    by Christopher McDougall
  49. The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of The Lemonade Diet 
    by Tom Woloshyn
  50. Night Shift 
    by Stephen King
  51. The Tao of Pooh 
    by Benjamin Hoff
  52. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Image result for 1000 places to see before you die
    by Patricia Schultz
  53. Measure for Measure 
    by William Shakespeare
  54. Coriolanus 
    by William Shakespeare
  55. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair 
    by Pablo Neruda
  56. Ulysses 
    by James Joyce
  57. Briefing and Arguing Federal Appeals 
    by Frederick Bernays Wiener
  58. This is Where I Leave You 
    by Jonathan Tropper
  59. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman 
    by Timothy Ferriss
  60. Ukrainian-English/English-Ukrainian Practical Dictionary 
    by Leonid Hrabovsky
  61. Moby-Dick or, The Whale 
    by Herman Melville
  62. Birds of America 
    by Lorrie Moore
  63. The Practice of Deceit 
    by Elizabeth Benedict
  64. Betrayal (Dismas Hardy, #12) 
    by John Lescroart
  65. Small Business for Dummies 
    by Eric Tyson
  66. Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out 
    by Mike Gray
  67. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers 
    by Lois P. Frankel
  68. The Essential Rumi 
    by Jalaluddin Rumi
  69. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) 
    by C.S. Lewis
  70. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) 
    by Suzanne Collins
  71. Stuart Little 
    by E.B. White
  72. Lolita 
    by Vladimir Nabokov

If we have missed any, let us know in the comments below!

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