REDEFINING REALNESS: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

My book, which was previously called Fish Food, has a new title:

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.

It’ll be released in February 2014 via Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. I can’t wait to share it with you!

To know me is to know the land I come from, the land in which half of my family is from, the land that was once ruled by kings and queens before religious, military and tourist occupation. 

Home is the sound of Keali`i Reichel's voice (this song is “Kawaipunahele” lyric translation here).  His voice serves as the soundtrack of this afternoon’s writing session of Fish Food, the sound to which my grandmother would cook and clean for our family…the sound of home.

Perhaps everybody has a garden of Eden, I don’t know; but they have scarcely seen their garden before they see the flaming sword. Then, perhaps, life only offers the choice of remembering the garden or forgetting it. Either, or: it takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do both. People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence; and the world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen who forget. Heroes are rare.

Today Publisher’s Weekly announced that my memoir Fish Food will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books in early 2014.

I’m so elated that I’m doing Rihanna’s “vagina” dance from “Birthday Cake” on SNL.

And it clicked. You are a woman. It’s the person inside that is. The rest: the hair, the makeup, the clothes, is just window dressing.
This is what my memoir Fish Food currently looks like - in addition to seven chapters fully drafted and a sea of journals, notes and free writing from the past three years. 

This is what my memoir Fish Food currently looks like - in addition to seven chapters fully drafted and a sea of journals, notes and free writing from the past three years.