Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known by her initials as AOC, is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district.

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    The main driver of inequality???returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth???is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty???s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

  • Collected Poems

    Collected here for the first time are more than three hundred poems from one of this country’s major and most influential poets, representing the complete oeuvre of Audre Lorde’s poetry. Lorde published nine volumes of poetry which, in her words, detail “a linguistic and emotional tour through the conflicts, fears, and hopes of the world I have inhabited.” Included here are Lorde’s early, previously unavailable works: The First Cities, The New York Head Shop and Museum, Cables to Rage, and From a Land Where Other People Live.

  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

    Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike’s deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person?,David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain’s 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

  • Hope in the Dark

    With ,, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.,Originally published in 2004, now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit???s influential book shines a light into the darkness of our time in an unforgettable new edition.

  • Infinite Jest

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America.,Set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, , explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.,Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, , bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human???and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One of the most influential literary works of our time, , remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature., tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendi?? family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women???brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul???this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

  • Team of Rivals

    Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.,On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.,Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.,It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.,We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.,This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.

  • The Bhagavad Gita

    Easwaran???s best-selling translation of the Bhagavad Gita is reliable, readable, and profound. His 55-page introduction places the Gita in its historical context, presents key concepts, and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. This edition includes chapter introductions, notes and a Sanskrit glossary.,Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. He is a gifted teacher and an authority on the Indian classics and world mysticism. ,The Gita opens, dramatically, on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. Yet the Gita is not what it seems ??? it???s not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. ???The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita???s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious.???

  • The Search for Common Ground

    Howard Thurman writes about building community. He calls us at once to affirm our own identity, but also to look beyond that identity to that which we have in common with all of life.

  • Why We Can???t Wait

    Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963,???Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ???Wait.??? But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim???when you see the vast majority of twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can???t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky???when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you???when???your wife and mother are never given the respected title ???Mrs.??????when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ???nobodiness??????then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.???,Martin Luther King???s Classic Exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement