10 Buku Rekomendasi Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Dari teori ekonomi, politik, gerakan hingga sastra, buku-buku berikut adalah pilihan yang direkomendasikan secara pribadi oleh Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez atau yang lebih terkenal AOC adalah guru asal Amerika. Empat tahun yang lalu (Desember 2018), Ocasio-Cortez meraih pemilihan pendahuluan bersejarah untuk Distrik Kongres ke-14 New York dan hanya beberapa minggu sebelum menjabat, Ocasio-Cortez membagikan daftar bacaan lewat akun twitternya.

Pada usia 29 tahun, Ocasio-Cortez merupakan perempuan termuda sepanjang sejarah Amerika Serikat yang menjabat sebagai anggota Kongres. Sebelumnya, Ocasio-Cortez adalah seorang guru dan aktivis sosial di Bronx serta menjabat sebagai Pengarah Pendidikan pada Northeast Collegiate World Series 2017 di National Hispanic Institute. Ocasio-Cortez dalam perjungan politiknya mengatakan “Calon-calon yang kaya tidak bisa dilawan dengan uang yang lebih banyak. Kita perlu memakai strategi yang sepenuhnya berbeda untuk melawan mereka[!]”

At a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering, this remarkable book offers a lucid, affirmative and well-argued case for hope.

This exquisite work traces a history of activism and social change over the past five decades – from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the worldwide marches against the war in Iraq. Hope in the Dark is a paean to optimism in the uncertainty of the twenty-first century. Tracing the footsteps of the last century’s thinkers – including Woolf, Gandhi, Borges, Benjamin and Havel – Solnit conjures a timeless vision of cause and effect that will light our way through the dark, and lead us to profound and effective political engagement.

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States. The campaign launched by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement on the segregated streets of Birmingham demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action.

In this remarkable book—winner of the Nobel Peace Prize—Dr. King recounts the story of Birmingham in vivid detail, tracing the history of the struggle for civil rights back to its beginnings three centuries ago and looking to the future, assessing the work to be done beyond Birmingham to bring about full equality for African Americans. Above all, Dr. King offers an eloquent and penetrating analysis of the events and pressures that propelled the Civil Rights movement from lunch counter sit-ins and prayer marches to the forefront of American consciousness.

Since its publication in the 1960s, Why We Can’t Wait has become an indisputable classic. Now, more than ever, it is an enduring testament to the wise and courageous vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of his death in 1981, Howard Thurman was Dean Emeritus of Marsh Chapel, Boston University, and Chairman of the board of trustees of the Howard Thurman Educational Trust in San Francisco. He also served as Dean of Rankin Chapel, Howard University, Washington D.C.; as professor at Howard University School of Religion, and as Director of Religion Life at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Atlanta. Founder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, the first interracial, interdenominational church in the united States, he was honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City.

Poet, Mystic, Philosopher and Theologian, Dr. Thurman authored more than twenty books including, Meditations of the Heart, The Inward Journey, Jesus and the Disinherited, The Centering Moment, The Creative Encounter, The Search for Common Ground and With Head and Heart, his autobiography.

“An elegant, incisive study….Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery.”
—James M. McPherson, The New York Times Book Review

“Goodwin’s narrative abilities…are on full display here, and she does an enthralling job of dramatizing…crucial moments in Lincoln’s life….A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Splendid, beautifully written….Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts…into a fluid narrative….This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years.”
—John Rhodehamel, Los Angeles Times

A complete collection―over 300 poems―from one of this country’s most influential poets.

“These are poems which blaze and pulse on the page.”
―Adrienne Rich

“The first declaration of a black, lesbian feminist identity took place in these poems, and set the terms―beautifully, forcefully―for contemporary multicultural and pluralist debate.”
―Publishers Weekly

“This is an amazing collection of poetry by . . . one of our best contemporary poets. . . . Her poems are powerful, often political, always lyrical and profoundly moving.”
―Chuckanut Reader Magazine

“What a deep pleasure to encounter Audre Lorde’s most potent genius . . . you will welcome the sheer accessibility and the force and beauty of this volume.”―Out Magazine

“No one in modern times is more qualified – no, make that ‘as qualified’ – to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless.”
—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

Buku terlaris Harvard University Press ini melacak akar-akar kesenjangan ekonomi dan menawarkan alternatif solusi secara global dan sistemik. Tanpa tindakan berarti, ekonom Perancis ini memprediksi kesenjangan akan semakin parah dan berujung pada krisis multidimensi. Buku bestseller versi The New York Post ini mengubah wajah ilmu ekonomi.

Bertahun-tahun kemudian, saat menghadapi regu tembak yang akan mengeksekusinya, Kolonel Aureliano Buendia jadi teringat suatu sore, dulu sekali, ketika diajak ayahnya melihat es.

Riuh rendah pipa dan drum panci yang berisik mengiringi kedatangan rombongan Gipsi ke Macondo, desa yang baru didirikan, tempat Jose Arcadio Buendia dan istrinya yang keras kepala, Ursula, memulai hidup baru mereka. Ketika Melquiades yang misterius memukau Aureliano Buendia dan ayahnya dengan penemuan-penemuan baru dan kisah-kisah petualangan, mereka tak tahu-menahu arti penting manuskrip yang diberikan lelaki Gipsi tua itu kepada mereka.

Kenangan tentang manuskrip itu tersisihkan oleh wabah insomnia, perang saudara, pembalasan dendam, dan hal-hal lain yang menimpa keluarga Buendia turun-menurun. Hanya segelintir yang ingat tentang manuskrip itu, dan hanya satu orang yang akan menemukan pesan tersembunyi di dalamnya…

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, Infinite Jest 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, Infinite Jest 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.

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.

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