Late last year, six months after clinching a historic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District and just a couple weeks before assuming office, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was tweeted by NY-based bookstore One Grand asking about her favorite books. The upstart politician – who’s garnered support for her socialist ideology and grassroots activism – replied with a list of recommendations spanning economic theory, feminist essays and poetry, the Baghavad Gita, and classic works of fiction by Gabriel García Márquez and David Foster Wallace.

Read on for a list of books recommended by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.

The Search for Common Ground by Howard Thurman

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Collected Poems by Audre Lorde

The Bhagavad Gita

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (also rec’d by Joan Didion)

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

(via Twitter)

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