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Local: A Memoir by [Jessica Machado]

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Mention Hawai‘i to any nonlocal and they will conjure up images of its breathtaking landscape—wide sandy beaches, rolling waves, active volcanoes, and lush forests. It’s almost impossible, as an outsider, to comprehend wanting to escape that paradise. But for Jessica Machado, the daughter of a local Hawaiian father and a Southern belle mother, that’s exactly what she wanted to do since she was old enough to remember.

In her provocative and moving memoir, Jessica describes her complicated relationship to the land as an inheritance that stretches back in time, a web of personal and political history that is inextricably tied to her identity—informing the way she thinks of herself both as a Hawaiian and as an outsider. Jessica searches for her place in the world, dreaming of the more exciting life she thinks might be waiting across the ocean and then struggling to define herself in that faraway place she always dreamed of. As so many of us find when we try to leave a life behind, those bonds to family and home can follow us wherever we go.

Local is the story of a young woman dealing with a complicated, sometimes stifling, homelife and of a culture that has persisted and revived, under the veneer of simplistic paradise that misses so much of the beauty Hawai‘i offers.

—Laura Van der Veer, Editor

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Jessica Machado is an editor at NBC News. Previously, she was a staff editor at Vox, the Daily Dot, and Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Cut, BuzzFeed, Vice, and Elle, among others. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit www.jessica-machado.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B1267Z5Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little A (Jan. 1 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6715 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 225 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1542027330
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Jessica Machado is an editor at NBC News. Previously, she was a staff editor at Vox, the Daily Dot, and Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Cut, BuzzFeed, Vice, and Elle, among others. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit www.jessica-machado.com.

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