Books by Marie Arana

MARIE ARANA is the editor of the Washington Post Book World. Born in Peru of a Peruvian father and an American mother, she is the author of American Chica, a finalist for the PEN—Memoir Award and the National Book Award, and a collection of columns, The W

BOLIVAR by Marie Arana
Released: April 9, 2013

"Arana ably captures the brash brilliance of this revered and vilified leader."
Inspired biography of the great Latin American revolutionary, with great depth given to his fulsome ideas. Read full book review >
LIMA NIGHTS by Marie Arana
Released: Dec. 30, 2008

"Brooding and elegant, much against the grain of lighthearted South American love stories like Mario Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter."
A culturally sensitive, quite grown-up story of love across class and ethnic lines in South America, where such things do not go unnoticed. Read full book review >
CELLOPHANE by Marie Arana
Released: June 27, 2006

"A pleasure to read."
A debut novel from Washington Post Book World editor Arana (American Chica, 2001) that blends magical realism with matter-of-fact descriptions of things Amazonian. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2003

"A sprawling, addictive addition to a seemingly bottomless category that this month also includes the New York Times anthology Writers on Writing (see below)."
Fat, juicy plums from the Washington Post Book World's long-running "Writing Life" column. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2001

"A rich and compelling personal narrative."
Expressive memoirs of a Peruvian-American girlhood, by the editor of the Washington Post Book World. Read full book review >