The Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" has many pleasures, but it wasn't immediately apparent that literature would be one of them.
Based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, the main character, Piper Chapman, is a middle class woman who leaves behind her literate life for a stint in prison, bringing books with her for sustenance. So it makes sense that the producers have planted books as a virtual Easter egg hunt in the background of prison life.
In recent weeks, the Tumblr "Books of Orange Is the New Black," decided to find and capture the literary references on the show, from bestsellers like "50 Shades of Grey" and Taystee's quotable line about "Harry Potter" to Red's reading of the YA book "Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters" and Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You."
For Piper Kerman, whose memoir served as the inspiration for the series, books were important to her life in prison. "They were complete lifelines. They were the only legitimate forms of escape," Kerman told Jacket Copy in a recent interview.