A Million Little Lies: James Fray

"Book Club" author's best-selling nonfiction memoir filled with fabrications, falsehoods, other fakery, TSG probe finds

Oprah Winfrey's been had.

Three months ago, in what the talk show host termed a "radical departure," Winfrey announced that "A Million Little Pieces," author James Frey's nonfiction memoir of his vomit-caked years as an alcoholic, drug addict, and criminal, was her latest selection for the world's most powerful book club.

Source: The Smoking Gun

I am posting this for my Step Mom Melodye. She watches Oprah and I am sure she has read this book by now. It is still #1 on Amazon.com as it is. And this news will sell even more copies! Oddly enough, he was first shopping it around as fiction - though no one would publish that.

Blogcritics also has an opinion piece on the mess.

Comments (7)

Larisa:

I just wanted to say that the whole story is not just a lie!! It's a story that James wrote from the bottom of his heart and shared it with the whole world! Yes, some parts of the story were made up,but the point of the story doesn't change!! He was a drug addict and he CHANGED!! even though some of the parts haven't happened in his life the point remains!! His book changed thousands of peoples lives.. Stop hating and start appreciating what he has written!! He made some mistakes but soo many people are making a such a big deal about it!! Stop wasting time on judging him in a bad way.. When i was watching Oprah today!! She was accusing him soo much!! I have a different point of view on her now! We should be thankful that he shared tortured moments of his life with us and changed peoples lives!!!

Whoa, take it easy on the coffee! There is a simple fact in all of this. Lets take a look:

fic·tion
1. An imaginative creation or a pretense that does not represent actuality but has been invented.
2. A lie.

non·fic·tion
1. Prose works other than fiction: I've read her novels but not her nonfiction.
2. The category of literature consisting of works of this kind.

James Fray may well be a good writer, I have not read his book. But would it have been any less good if he said it was fiction?

This goes beyond the fact that he could not get it published at first. There is no reason you should have to embellish a true story of a personal tragedy, especially if you overcome the odds.

He lied. He deserves all that is/has come to him.

chelsea:

i think that the book was wonderful. Who cares that some parts weren't 100% accurate. It was inspiring and truly touching. If oprah wasn't so worried about saving face from bad publicity then she never would have had that show today. That was horrible. It was wrong of him to lie but the way she carried on was almost more of an embarrasment on her part. I think that she is too self involved and needs to get over herself. It was a great read either way so who cares. By the way oprah I'm tired of seeing you on every cover of your magazine. I already know what you look like and don't feel like I need to be reminded every month

Caroline:

James Fray did make a big mistake in telling everyone that the memoir he wrote was true. It does change the fact that now you know the things he wrote in a million little pieces isn't true but that still doesnt change the fact that he wrote it about 1 thing about alcohol and drug addiction and the book teaches you what he or anyone else could and would go through, how hard it is and how he felt. It still shows and teaches you a lesson.

caroline

frequent reader:

the point of a good book is the enteratin the reader, leaving them in suspence for the next page, and James Fary did that, now weather the story is true or fale is irrevelent, what matters is if you liked the story, thats what writing is all about

deema:

i think that the book is very nice it just touch ur heart and he is a very good writer even here in the midle east we all loved this book and we don't care if it is true or not the most importent thing that it is a wonderful book :)

sheeni:

hi, the book was amazing in so many ways. while its disappointing to learn that parts of it are not true, i don't recall the book saynig these are Memoirs of James Fray... its based on a true stroy with addtions and choppnigs to bring out an inspirational piece of work....

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