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In the year of 2010, the Pocbooks Website arrived on the scene by way of the aptly titled first book released Product of Culture Who are the Colesmiths?
The Product of Culture website features fiction as well as non-fiction topics of culture. There are 3 main writers contributing to this website. Over the years, special guest student writers and interviews have contributed to the website from around the world. Their ages range from 13 to 19 with a 2.5 grade point average and above.
The Product of Culture (Pocbooks) goals for the books and writings have a twofold purpose to be:
“Fictional Books of Another Kind…”
“If something you read changes your life, it becomes your reality.”
The author and writers here thank you for reading and listening to the creative works in this website. We truly strive to be “More Than Just a Business- but a Labor of Love”
Using Knowledge to Help all People
Product of Culture: “Who are the Colesmiths?” by James Lynch Jr. is a story for anyone who enjoys an intellectual challenge, engaging its readers in the challenge to make connections that reveal the whole picture. It is a story of hope, the realities of life, coping mechanisms, and the cross-generational influence of families.
Lynch immediately draws readers into the lives of the Colesmiths, introducing them in adolescence and flashing forward to adulthood and back again to adolescence. At the head of the Colesmith clan is Mr. Alvin Colesmith, whose lessons guide his grandchildren and give them solid foundations for forming their decisions as adults, becoming products of their culture. Among other lessons that he offers, involving the world’s diverse composition of people is particularly memorable, imparted in his trademark style; when Mark notices that he treats the bank manager differently, he tells his grandson that like each species of bird has their own unique set of sounds and signals, so do different types of people, and it is important to address them in a way that they understand; “Some crow like a rooster while others cluck like chickens… you do have to be able to understand their sounds or signals and sometimes be able to relate the signals back to them.”
Interwoven into his story are carefully selected musical lyrics, expressions like “ten cent city slicker” and “a drink stronger than lemonade,” and other literary devices that add layers of meaning to his themes, whether Markus is reflecting on a song he once heard or adopting his grandfather’s colloquial expressions. Pearls of wisdom appear throughout the story of the Colesmiths, with such maxims, as “Ignorance is not bliss. It can hurt you in the short and long run.”
Lynch’s story is as enlightening as it is entertaining, offering readers a true literary gem that will take a treasured spot on their shelves to read and reread over the years. “Who are the Colesmiths?” inevitably leaves readers anxious for the next installment, Product of Culture Book II: Cases of Colesmiths.
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Dictionary.com lists the following of culture:
- That which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc.
- A particular form or stage of civilization…
- Development or improvement of the mind by education or training.
- The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture…