Million Little Lies
In late 2005 and early 2006, credible sources alleged that some or many events in his bestselling nonfiction memoir, A Million Little Pieces, are not true.
In September 2005, Oprah Winfrey chose A Million Little Pieces
for her monthly bookclub.
On January 8, 2006, The Smoking Gun published "A Million Little Lies: Exposing James Frey's Fiction Addiction". The article alleges that James Frey fabricated large parts of his memoirs, including details about his criminal record and rehab experiences. One incident in the book that has come under particular scrutiny was a 1986 train-automobile collision in St. Joseph Township, Michigan that killed fellow students Jane Hall and Melissa Sanders.
Several news services have since picked up on the story. James Frey has dismissed the charges, saying "So let the haters hate, let the doubters doubt, I stand by my book, and my life," and threatened to sue The Smoking Gun. Publishers Doubleday and Anchor Books have stood by James Frey in a joint statement.
Oprah Winfrey Show
"I feel duped," Oprah Winfrey said Thursday on her syndicated talk show. "But more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers." James Frey, who found himself booed in the same Chicago studio where he had been embraced in september 2005, acknowledged that he had lied.
A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard
A Million Little Pieces
was published in 2003 and became a bestseller. In 2004, James Frey wrote My Friend Leonard, which continues where A Million Little Pieces left off.
I wanted to be a writer
"When I decided I wanted to be a writer, I didn't get into it to be a guy who sold 15 books and got a review in the local paper. I'm in this to be one of the great writers of my time.
One thing that's always been important to me is that nobody who has ever been in one of my books has ever had a problem with anything I've written. They've never disputed my version of events or felt offended by it, even when I didn't write about them in a positive way. Which means something." (Interview Book Page)
Million Little Pieces
Imagine waking up on a plane. You have no idea where you have been or where you are going, you have no memory of the preceding two weeks. Imagine that your front four teeth have been knocked out, your nose is broken, and there is a gash on your cheek. Imagine that you have no wallet, no money, no job.
Nearly a decade after his miraculous rebound, James Frey, has birthed a poetic and much ballyhooed account of his recovery.
A Million Little Pieces
Leonard is the best friend James Frey
When James Frey was bent on self-destruction, it was Leonard who saved his life. When James Frey faced tremendous obstacles, Leonard offered support and protection.
My girlfriend killed herself the way I wrote it. Leonard helped me the way I said he helped me, died the way he died. The events in the book are the events of my life.
My Friend Leonard
One of the most beloved dogs of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier has in recent times become one of the most maligned and misunderstood. Marc Joseph's photographic exploration into the culture of Pit Bulls dogs. With an historical and personal essay from best-selling author James Frey.
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