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American Happiness by Will Smith

Will Smith’s autobiography, American Happiness, is a timely reminder of the importance of showing a human face in today’s society. As a skeptic of the presidency, Will McKinney calls for smaller government, both state and federal. In the book, he discusses the experiences of Mississippian Joey Chandler, a young man sentenced to life in prison for murder. The author explores the benefits and risks of public relations and reveals the pitfalls of a big government.

A novel that addresses the issue of drug addiction, Will is a harrowing journey through his experiences of heroin and cocaine addiction. The author’s style reminds me of the great wave of memoirs about drugs in the 1990s, such as Ann Marlowe’s How to Stop Time and Dan Brown’s Heroin from A to Z. The book is structured in five chapters and begins with May 1986, when the writer is a student. His goal is to score, but he’s not sure he’s good enough for that.

The author has a unique perspective on the nature of addiction. While most memoirs deal with the life and death of a beloved family member, Will uses his own experience as the foundation for his memoir. While Will describes her experiences in treating addiction to drugs, it is still a deeply personal story about how a drug can change your life. The book follows the author’s Border Collie throughout the years, and covers the development of his addiction.