There is a sentence like ' I have book that brags about life.'

I learned that when there is a restricted phrase, we should use 'the' in front of the noun signified. So, I think that ' I have the book that brags about life.'is right. What do you think about that? And what is the difference between 'book' and 'the book' in this sentence in meaning?

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    If there is only one book in all the world that brags about life, or if you have previously described a book as bragging about life and are referring to it again, the definite article is correct. If neither of those is the case, the indefinite article may be correct. In every case, though, book must take an article. " I have book that brags about life" is always ungrammatical. Sep 19 '16 at 4:58

This is the house that Jack built.

Jack built one house. This is the one.

This is a house that Jack built.

Jack built houses. This is one of them.

This is house that Jack built.ungrammatical

With count nouns, an article is required. house is a count-noun. With non-count nouns, an article is not required but is admissible. beer is a non-count noun:

This is beer that Jack brewed.grammatical

Jack brews beer. This is some of it.

This is the beer that Jack brewed.grammatical

Jack has brewed some beer. This is it.

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