Doing Time Waiting for Season 2 of “Orange Is The New Black”? Try These Books About Life Behind Bars

Are you a fan of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is The New Black? You may know that it is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they’re there.

If you like Orange Is The New Black, try some of these other “prison reads” while you’re waiting for Season 2 to be released in June.


Couldn’t Keep it to Myself : Testimonies From Our Imprisoned Sisters by Wally Lamb.

I’ll Fly Away : Further Testimonies From the Women of York Prison by Wally Lamb.

Captive in Iran : a Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph Amid the Horror of Tehran’s Brutal Evin Prison by Maryam Rostampour

Prison Baby : a Memoir by Deborah Stein

Women Behind Bars : The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System by Silja J. A. Talvi

A Prison Diary by Jeffrey Archer


The Session by Judith Kelman

End of Story by Peter Abrahams

Love Her Madly by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Pen Pals by Olivia Goldsmith

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