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Local : a memoir

Machado, Jessica (author.).

Summary: "Born and raised in Hawai'i by a father whose ancestors are indigenous to the land and a mother from the American South, Jessica Machado wrestles with what it means to be "local." Feeling separate from the history and tenets of Hawaiian culture that have been buried under the continental imports of malls and MTV, Jessica often sees her homeland reflected back to her from the tourist perspective--as an uncomplicated paradise. Her existence, however, feels far from that ideal. Balancing her parents' divorce, an ailing mother, and growing anxiety, Jessica rebels. She moves to Los Angeles, convinced she'll leave her complicated family behind and define herself. Instead, her isolation only becomes more severe, and her dying mother follows her to California. For Jessica, the only way to escape is a reckless downward spiral. Interwoven with a rich and nuanced exploration of Hawaiian history and traditions, Local is a personal and moving narrative about family, grief, and reconnecting to the land she tried to leave behind."--Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 1542027330
  • ISBN: 9781542027335
  • ISBN: 9781542027328
  • ISBN: 1542027322
  • Physical Description: 220 pages : maps ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little A, [2023]
Subject: Machado, Jessica Biography
Racially mixed people Hawaii Biography
Hawaiians Biography
Identity (Psychology)
Identity (Psychology)
Racially mixed people
Genre: Autobiographies.

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Flint River Regional Library System:
      Fayette County Public Library
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31022010315296 ADULT Available
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      Winder Public Library
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