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The World We Live In Part 1 (Book 1 of 5)

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by: Jamell Crouthers
Books with a 4 star rating  (6)
Publication Date: July 12, 2021
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 159
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781546335900

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Book Synopsis
This book focuses on 19 fictional characters that chronicle life experiences that they've dealt with through prose writing. Each person discusses an experience that has changed and impacted them in ways they never thought of (alcohol addiction, homelessness, women’s issues, domestic violence and many others). These fictional characters only have names, race or ethnicity is not discussed because the goal is to feel, understand and relate to their experiences as human beings. Too many times in today's society we base things off of social stigmas, race, ethnicity, social class when we are all human beings with daily struggles that no one will ever know.
Customer Comments
Posted: August 20, 2021
Customer comment 4 star rating
This is a book not for the faint of heart. It is a book of prose poems that are hard hitting and deal with many problems we face in society today. It starts off with a punch to the gut, Christina who tells her story of the night she was raped. She was strong enough to stand up and report it. However, she faced backlash for reporting it as if she was the one who had done something wrong.

That’s a common theme in each of the poems: the problem and the strength to fight through it no matter what others say or do to bring you down. The rest of the poems deal with a variety of things: homelessness, adoption, PTSD, loss of parents, self worth through depression or body image issues, domestic violence, sexuality, being sexually molested, dealing with addiction to drugs, gambling or alcohol. There are some more themes in the book just as strong as the ones mentioned.

What I liked about each story was the strength each person showed and how they moved forward with their life no matter the circumstances. What was also interesting was that the point of view was different: though each was the person dealing with issues, in one story the person narrating was a child and in another it might be an adult, female or male, parent or child, straight or gay. It showed the perspective from all walks of life, reminding us that each person is dealing with their own struggles that we know nothing about, and that maybe a smile might help someone through a dark time without even knowing it.

It was a great read. I would recommend it.
Posted: August 26, 2021
Customer comment 4 star rating
Subtitled “A Poetry Book on Societal Issues”, this book is a series of poems, each with a different character facing a different struggle. Identified by first name only (you aren’t told the race of the person) each character narrates their story in an intimate and conversational tone. Issues such as addiction, stalking, sexual assault and gender identity are tackled in this honest and emotionally sensitive collection. The author did a great job of conveying the very personal struggles people face today. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone walked away less judgmental? Recommended for those who like thought-provoking reads.
Posted: September 20, 2021
Customer comment 5 star rating
Reading the first installment of Jamell Crouthers' The World We Live in leads readers to conclude that the author must either (a) be a very interesting person who has met equally interesting people, (b) have an extremely vivid imagination, or (c) both.
Every character is thoroughly developed through a series of unique and touching vignettes, each chronicling the characters' struggles with a variety of societal issues including homelessness, abuse, and addiction, among others. The resulting connection with each character leaves readers looking forward to Part 2 of the series to confirm if everything works out for everyone.
Posted: May 3, 2022
Customer comment 5 star rating
If you're looking for a change from your usual generic reading regime then you must get this book. This book is intriguing and thought provoking in the most creative way. The stories are not just stories, each story allows you to travel beside the character fighting their battles and watching their struggles. It urges you to open your eyes to the world around you and recognize the changes that must be made. I really enjoyed this book.
Posted: June 26, 2022
Customer comment 5 star rating
A beautiful book of sincere thoughts and insights. Jamell writes about life, love, society, family, city life, relationships, and issues facing humanity. Transparent and heartfelt, Jamell took me to places I have never been; struggles within the city, within a soul. "I sing songs in my head for a lot of days to get by..." Thought provoking, I wanted to wrap Jamell's words in a warm blanket and take them to a place of safety. Well written, Jamell. Bravo. Recommended reading for everyone.
Posted: June 27, 2022
Customer comment 4 star rating
Such a great poetry collection - really enjoyable and interesting. It makes you think and feel. This book is definitely for the poetry lovers. Give it a try!
About The Author
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Jamell Crouthers started writing at the age of 13, it wasn’t until his 30s where he realized he could impact others with his writing. Jamell was able to incorporate a prose format and social issues and be able to write books on what’s going on in the world today. Writing about social issues is something that Jamell is very passionate about. His goal is to change the world one book at a time.
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