I just finished binge-watching the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. I won’t spoil anything for you but I will say that I did not think it could get any crazier than season four–and I was dead wrong. Season five was not only crazier but also more booktastic than any season prior.
Season five takes place over the course of a three-day riot at Litchfield. One of the more productive ways the women exercise their newfound freedom is by building a library-cum-art-installation as a memorial to Poussey Washington, who was tragically crushed to death by a guard at the end of season four. If you haven’t seen this season yet, look for the memorial library’s unveiling in episode seven. Here are the books I spotted in shots of the new Litchfield library:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: The beloved story of a white lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama.
A Man’s Right to Wealth by James B. Cooke: A guide on “how to master every situation and prosper on a grand scale.” So, is there a Women’s Right to Wealth? Because I think that would be more appropriate for a women’s prison.
Karen by Marie Killilea: The true story of a girl with cerebral palsy, written by her mother.
The Essential Haiku by Robert Hass: Fresh translations by an American poet of the poems of Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa–three of Japan’s greatest Haiku masters.All the Books Seen in 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 5Click To Tweet
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris: A classic horror story about an FBI trainee who interviews a former psychiatrist/cannibalistic serial killer in the hopes that he will help her catch another serial killer.
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter: The true story of “a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others” who saved some of the world’s greatest masterpieces from the Nazis during Word War II.
The Handsome Road by Gwen Bristow: The story of a plantation mistress and a poor seamstress in Civil War-era Louisiana. This is the second novel in Bristow’s Plantation Trilogy.