‘Real Life’ by Shareef Abdul-Salaam depicts young man’s struggles amid drugs, violence

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New book begins trilogy following Real’s life after his father is shot dead with him left to fend for his family

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“Everyday, someone dies of dangerous shootings,” says Shareef Abdul-Salaam. “I feel that this terrible epidemic has gone on far enough.” Alarmed by the terrible gun violence plaguing the US, especially in Chicago and having known people who have become victims to these random acts of violence, he wrote “Real Life” (published by Xlibris) as a way of encouraging everyone to put down their guns and find their way to live their life to the fullest.

Phillip Wilson, aka Real, is a young black male who finds himself enduring battle after battle after his father fell victim to senseless gun violence and was shot dead on their front porch. Left to fend for what is left of his broken family, he decides to embark on a perilous journey to venture into selling drugs, thinking that it was the best way of survival in Chicago. At first, the lifestyle change brings him and his family sudden riches, but then Real gets into trouble with the wrong people. He embarks on an epic journey to save his family from crumbling by making a rash decision selling drugs to fend for his family. In doing so, he goes through a series of tumultuous events that will change his life forever.

A story of family and of life’s many struggles, “Real Life” holds a mirror to the level of violence apparent in today’s society to present an ultimately heartwarming and encouraging tale of how a man is able to push through it all.

“Real Life”
By Shareef Abdul-Salaam
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 66 pages | ISBN 9781499094558
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 66 pages | ISBN 9781499095449
E-Book | 66 pages | ISBN 9781499094565
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Shareef Abdul-Salaam was born and raised in Illinois. He lived in Chicago before settling in the suburbs. He had many successful years in school, receiving his highest education when he graduated from high school. He ventured into college, but fell a little short and was not able to obtain a degree. He is a father to newborn son who is very special to him though he rarely gets to see his smiling face. He loves watching sports like football, basketball and he ritually watches WWE Monday Night Raw every Monday night. He believes everyone is special in their own way. He decided to become an author to direct the youth and young adults in the direction of peace and nonviolence.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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