I'm a freelance journalist and author living in Brooklyn.
My first book, Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country, was a Financial Times best book of 2016 and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. I've also written for The Atlantic, The Baffler, Bloomberg Businessweek, Lapham's Quarterly, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, and my reporting has taken me to Brazil, Colombia, Iraq, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Going farther back: My last name is Bolivian, but I was born in New York City and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After studying Latin American literature at Sarah Lawrence College, I got into journalism as a freelancer in Bogotá in 2008. I spent 2010 to 2016 based in São Paulo, where I covered the ultra-rich for Bloomberg—the basis for my book. Since then I've written about Brazil's political turmoil, American billionaires, and the Yezidi religion, with other odd stories along the way.