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Old 01-12-2006, 07:11 PM   #31
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well then it's just not very good. Calling it a memoir and "pretending" he was the biggest addict that ever lived is a lie.

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I think he probably has convinced himself this is all true. How could he think he'd get away with it having to have encountered so many people along his way.
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...if they ever replay the Larry king interview, you gotta see it.
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:52 AM   #33
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great. now the patrons will never stop requesting it.

it really is one of the best covers for a book that i've ever seen, though.
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:46 AM   #34
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Just saw this. Could be interesting....

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Author of Disputed Memoir to Go on Oprah

CHICAGO - James Frey, the author of the disputed memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," will appear Thursday on a live broadcast of Oprah Winfrey's television show to address the dustup surrounding his book, according to a spokeswoman for Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

Harpo spokeswoman Angela DePaul also said Nan A. Talese, whose imprint at Doubleday published Frey's account of overcoming drug addiction and alcoholism, would appear with Frey, as well as several journalists familiar with allegations that parts of the memoir are fiction.

Talese published "A Million Little Pieces" in 2003. It enjoyed good sales, and when Winfrey named it as the September 2005 choice of her book club, it became one of the best-selling books of last year.

But on Jan. 8, The Smoking Gun Web site (http://www.thesmokinggun.com) ran an investigative story that indicated Frey, 36, had embellished, and even invented, some of the material in his memoir.

Winfrey reaffirmed her support for the book in a telephone call to CNN's "Larry King Live" on Jan. 11 at the end of King's hourlong interview with Frey.

In the call, Winfrey dismissed as "much ado about nothing" the allegations that Frey had fabricated some parts - including a three-month prison stay that apparently never happened.

"What is relevant is that he was a drug addict ... and stepped out of that history to be the man he is today and to take that message to save other people and allow them to save themselves," Winfrey said in her surprise call.

Frey acknowledged he had embellished certain parts of the book but characterized such changes as minor, adding that a memoir is an "imperfect animal" and a "subjective retelling" of events.

In his interview with King, Frey said he had originally tried to sell his book as fiction.

"We initially shopped the book as a novel and it was turned down by a lot of publishers as a novel or as a nonfiction book," he told King. "When Nan Talese purchased the book, I'm not sure if they knew what they were going to publish it as. We talked about what to publish it as. And they thought the best thing to do was publish it as a memoir."

In a telephone interview with the New York Observer, Talese said it was never her intention to publish the book as a novel.
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I thought the cover was neat too
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Well, he admitted making up most of this now...


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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Author James Frey confessed to Oprah Winfrey on Thursday that he made up details about every character in his memoir "A Million Little Pieces" and the talk show host apologized to her viewers, saying she felt "duped."

In 19 years in television "I've never been in this position before," said Winfrey, whose praise for Frey's book in September helped make it the top-selling book on nonfiction lists in the United States last year.

"I really feel duped," Winfrey told Frey on her television show. She said he had betrayed millions of viewers.

Winfrey began by apologizing to viewers for a telephone call she made to CNN's "Larry King Live" show on January 11, while King was interviewing Frey about the controversy. In the call Winfrey said that even though the facts were being questioned, the book "still resonates with me" and called the controversy "much ado about nothing."

"I regret that phone call," she told her viewers on Thursday. "I made a mistake and I left the impression that the truth does not matter and I am deeply sorry about that. That is not what I believe."

Sitting with Frey in side-by-side easy chairs, Winfrey quizzed the author point-by-point about his book that described his drug-and-alcohol addiction and the people hurt by it.

"All the way through the book I altered details about every one of the characters," Frey said "Every one of the characters was altered," including himself.

He spent two hours in jail, not 87 days, and the account of his breaking up with a woman who later committed suicide happened in a much shorter period of time, with their separation occurring while he was taking care of personal business in North Carolina, not while he was in jail, he said.

She committed suicide by slashing her wrists, he said, not by hanging herself.

Asked if The Smoking Gun Web site which first questioned the book had accurately characterized the discrepancies, Frey said "I think most of what they wrote was pretty accurate," adding they did "a good job."

The Smoking Gun said it could find no evidence of his having spent that much time in jail and that an auto accident he wrote about consisted of running his car up on a curb.

Frey said he had developed an image of himself for the book as "being tougher than I was, badder than I was" as a "coping mechanism."

Winfrey asked if that was to make a better book or to make him a better person.

"Probably both," he answered.

"To everyone who has challenged me on this issue of truth, you are absolutely right," she said, adding that the inspiration the book brought to so many people had clouded her judgment.

Frey's book had been chosen by Winfrey for her reading club -- an honor which often turns books into best sellers. Published by Random House's Doubleday division, the book sold more than 1.77 million copies last year after being chosen by Winfrey.

On January 17 Winfrey chose Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's "Night" as her latest selection, sending the book, first published in the United States in 1960, to the top of best-seller lists.

Random House is a unit of German media conglomerate Bertelsman AG.
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As the great George Costanza once said, "It's not a lie if you believe it."
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i have only seen snipets of the oprah show but all this publicity will probably just sell more books.
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I think it's funny that people are so shocked that someone (especially a junkie for crying outloud) lied in a memoir. I love how people get all into their self-righteous indignation over this when people lie everyday, even :shock: the President.

Not saying it's right, not saying it isn't a bummer to read a book thinking it's all true and then discover it isn't, but really, why all the shock and drama? It's not acceptable and it's good that he was called on it but I don't get all the shock.
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I think it's funny that people are so shocked that someone (especially a junkie for crying outloud) lied in a memoir. I love how people get all into their self-righteous indignation over this when people lie everyday, even :shock: the President.

Not saying it's right, not saying it isn't a bummer to read a book thinking it's all true and then discover it isn't, but really, why all the shock and drama? It's not acceptable and it's good that he was called on it but I don't get all the shock.
I think people expect politicians to lie, so a politician lying is just par for the course.

But in the case of this guy it's more odd because he lied to make himself look worse which is strange to most people. Of course, the ultimately by looking worse in the "before" sections, he did look better at the end of the book, so the motive is the same as for the vast majority of liars.

I do think people do still believe that publishing, especially of such supposedly non fiction, but non political books, is cleaner than politics (hell the sewer is cleaner than politics ) and most show biz. It's as if "good" books (as opposed to trashy novels and tell all bios) are one of the last bastions of virtue, and now it's becoming clear that they are often not what they are cracked up to be either.

It's always hard to see one's illusions destroyed.
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I think people expect politicians to lie, so a politician lying is just par for the course.

But in the case of this guy it's more odd because he lied to make himself look worse which is strange to most people. Of course, the ultimately by looking worse in the "before" sections, he did look better at the end of the book, so the motive is the same as for the vast majority of liars.

I do think people do still believe that publishing, especially of such supposedly non fiction, but non political books, is cleaner than politics (hell the sewer is cleaner than politics ) and most show biz. It's as if "good" books (as opposed to trashy novels and tell all bios) are one of the last bastions of virtue, and now it's becoming clear that they are often not what they are cracked up to be either.

It's always hard to see one's illusions destroyed.
I hear you and you make good points. I suppose he made himself look worse so that he now looks better for having come even further, if that makes sense. I used to work in publishing and still work with writers today in a different capacity and so the story is fascinating to me from that perspective, working in the biz, but I guess I wish the public outrage over politicians lying about life and death matters was as big as it is for this guy. It just seems like a big nothing in the broader scheme of things. It'll blow over soon. The guy did look totally humiliated on Oprah but someone made the point that addicts are always addicts and now he's probably addicted to the exposure and drama.
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never read the book, but caught the Oprah show. They had the publisher there as well, and a journalist (plus clips of other journalist across the country) and a college professor. I believe it was the journalist who pointed out that for maybe $25,000-$30,000 a year the publisher could hire a fact checker, especially for a memoir which is supposed to be a truthful story of your life, and would have found out many of the lies within hours. Oprah was embarrassed and upset and she certainly looked pissed off.
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I have not read the entire book, but I have read several excerpts. I do not think it's well-written at all and yes, all the lying and embellishing seriously pisses me off because I write non-fiction articles and I am a stickler for being a truthful as possible. To intentionally make up shit is such a slap in the face to countless writers everywhere.

If you want to read an excellent memoir, I suggest "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. It's written with such clarity and richness. I was fortunate to meet Ms. Walls and she's so funny and down-to-earth.
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finally saw the Oprah interview. his demeanor was blank. like a deer caught in the headlights.
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