A Conversation With Liz Prato and Jackie Hollis
Join Liz Prato, author of Volcanoes, Palm Trees & Privilege: Essays on Hawai’i, and Jackie Shannon Hollis, author of This Particular Happiness, as they discuss their new books which both explore family and much more.
Liz Prato combines lyricism, research and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisaical land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are masterfully woven with her personal narrative of loss and survival in linked essays, offering unique insight into how the touristic ideal of Hawai‘i came to be, and what Hawai‘i is at its core.
As a farm girl in Eastern Oregon, feeding bottles to bummer lambs and babysitting her little sister, Jackie Shannon Hollis expected to become a mother someday. Then she meets Bill, the man of her dreams—except he doesn’t want children. Told in short nonlinear chapters, This Particular Happiness explores the fracturing of female identity as Shannon Hollis questions her childless decision, navigates her roles as daughter and wife and sister and friend, and ultimately learns to listen to her own heart. This debut memoir is about what we keep and what we abandon to make space in our lives for love.