Workman Publishing will publish AOC: Fighter, Phenom, Changemaker, a political biography of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York by freelance journalist Prachi Gupta (formerly of Jezebel and Cosmopolitan.com), in November 2019. World rights were acquired by editor Rachael Mt. Pleasant from Monika Verma at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.
"We jumped at the chance to rush this book to market," Susan Bolotin, Workman’s publisher and editorial director, said in a statement. "AOC’s story becomes more compelling and more necessary every day—not just because of nasty tweets from President Trump and others like him, but because of the urgency of the problems she’s addressing, like climate change."
The book, a representative of Workman said, will "look and feel like an of-the-moment gift book with a bold cover, easy-to-read text, and tons of vibrant photos in a small package." The representative noted that the book, Workman's first political biography, will bear more resemblance to such Workman titles as Boss Babes and Strong Is the New Pretty than a traditional political biography. The book, the publisher said, will "include photos, quotes, and illuminating text," serving as a "celebration of the youngest congresswoman in United States history, detailing not only her life but the movement she has energized."
"Ocasio-Cortez has managed to do the unthinkable: She has cut through a relentless and fatiguing news cycle, and with her moral clarity, she is reframing the conversation for Democrats and becoming one of the loudest voices against the Trump administration," Gupta said in a statement. Mt. Pleasant added: "The book is equal parts political narrative and human interest, because it’s that mix that makes AOC’s story so captivating."