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Local: A Memoir Hardcover – Jan. 1 2023

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“[A] memoir about loneliness, loss, and finding a cultural identity…[that] gorgeously portray[s] the complexity of Machado’s spiral into despair…Machado’s rich descriptions and frank voice make the book worth reading.” Kirkus Reviews

“Machado movingly excavates notions of identity, family, and Native culture in her debut, a memoir…[Her] narrative hums with raw emotion...Her depiction of Hawaii is far from the carefree paradise shaped by tourists and Western colonialism and instead offers a sharp consideration of class distinctions and the islands’ history. The result is a luminous coming-of-age portrait.”
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“Mixing in Hawaiian history and folklore throughout her memoir, Machado offers a heady and enticing read.”
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“At long last, a book that shatters the colonial gaze too often cast on the Pacific; here, Jessica Machado brings the islands to life with incendiary dynamism and pitch-perfect prose. A mesmerizing portrait of a woman, her ‘ohana, and the ancestral knowledge deep within ― I never wanted this to end.
Local is an unforgettable debut and a triumph for Kanaka and APIA literature.” ―T. Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of the Fatherless Girls

“Machado is a ferociously talented writer who blends insight, compassion, history, and love into this breathtaking story of home, family, and belonging. This book is necessary reading for anyone who has ever wanted to understand Hawai’i, their families, or themselves.”
―Lyz Lenz, author of Belabored

“A deeply moving memoir about navigating pain―both personal and systemic―through the complex history of Hawai’i. By revealing her own story, she also reveals the stories of the Kanaka, and the result is both heartbreaking and uplifting.”
―Samhita Mukhopadhyay, author of the forthcoming The Myth of Making It

About the Author

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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little A (Jan. 1 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542027322
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542027328
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 358 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
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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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