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The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez edited by Lynda Lopez with a preface by Keegan-Michael Key

In the vein of Notorious RBG, seventeen writers explore the multiple meanings of a young Latina politician who has already made history.

From the moment Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a ten-term incumbent in the primary election for New York’s 14th, her journey to the national, if not world, stage, was fast-tracked. Six months later, as the youngest Congresswoman ever elected, AOC became one of a handful of Latina politicians in Washington, D.C. Just thirty, she represents her generation, the millennials, in many groundbreaking ways: proudly working class, Democratic Socialist, of Puerto Rican descent, master of social media, not to mention of the Bronx, feminist―and a great dancer.

AOC investigates her symbolic and personal significance for so many, from her willingness to use her imperfect bi-lingualism, to why men are so threatened by her power, to the long history of Puerto Rican activism that she joins. Contributors span a wide range of voices and ages, from media to the arts and politics:

Keegan-Michael Key
― Preface
Lynda Lopez
― Introduction: "The Meaning of AOC"
Jennine Capó Crucet
― "An Open Letter to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez"
Andrea González-Ramírez
― "Women Like Me Aren’t Supposed to Run for Office"
Patricia Reynoso
― “'The First Latina to . . .'”
Pedro Regalado
― “'Pa’lante!': The Long History of Puerto Rican Activism in New York City"
Rebecca Traister
― "The Imagined Threat of a Woman Who Governs Like a Man"
Natalia Sylvester
― "In No Uncertain Terms"
Erin Aubry Kaplan
― "The Center Will Not Hold. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Counting on It"
Tracey Ross
― "A Just Society"
Carmen Rita Wong
― "Latinas Are So Money"
Mariana Atencio
― "AOC the Influencer"
Wendy Carrillo
― "What AOC and I Learned at Standing Rock"
Nathan J. Robinson
― "The Democratic Socialism of AOC"
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
― "On Being an Indignant Brown Girl"
Elizabeth Yeampierre
― "Making the Green New Deal the Real Deal"
María Cristina “MC” González Noguera
― "The Hustle"


Editor Lynda Lopez is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has anchored and reported for ABC News, WCBS-TV and NewsRadio 880. Prior to joining 880, Lynda anchored for Fox 5 and My9 in New York and was a correspondent on VH-1. She was Mistress of Ceremonies for the 100 Hispanic Women organization's gala and for the Orphaned Starfish Foundation's annual fundraising galas. She is a former columnist for Latina Magazine and contributor to Glamour and Glam Belleza Latina. Lopez lives in New York City.


  • AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 11, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250257417
  • ISBN-13: 9781250257413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
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