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American Chica

(2001)
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In her father's Peruvian family, MARIE ARANA was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother's American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken's neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait of a child who 'was a north-south collision, a New World fusion. An American Chica.'

Here are two vastly different landscapes: Peru - earthquake-prone, charged with ghosts of history and mythology - and the sprawling prairie lands of Wyoming. In these rich terrains resides a colorful cast of family members who bring Arana's historia to life...her proud grandfather who one day simply stopped coming down the stairs; her dazzling grandmother, 'clicking through the house as if she were making her way onstage.' But most important are Arana's parents: he a brilliant engineer, she a gifted musician. For more than half a century these two passionate, strong-willed people struggled to overcome the bicultural tensions in their marriage and, finally, to prevail.

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Used availability for Marie Arana's American Chica

Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 1-4352-9678-8 / 978-1-4352-9678-7 (USA edition)
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May 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 0-385-31962-2 / 978-0-385-31962-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Dial Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 0-385-31963-0 / 978-0-385-31963-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta Trade Paperback
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Author(s): Marie Arana
Publisher: The Dial Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA