A Million Little Lies? Who cares?

My sister received the book “A Million Little Pieces” in her stocking at Christmas and after returning from Europe I picked it up and have been reading it on the Go train for the past couple days on the way in and out of work. There’s this huge controversy going on over this book at the moment, so let me give you a little background. The book is considered a memoir and supposedly a real story about the months that this guy spent in rehab after being officially the most messed up person you’ve ever heard of in your life. Excerpt from the back of the book:

“At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his four front teeth knocked out, his nose broken, and a hole through his cheek. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for 10 years, a crack addict for 3, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing.”

So this guy is seriously f**ked up. In walks Oprah, who absolutely dies for this book he’s written about his life. She makes it one of her book club books, has him on the show, gets all teary and melodramatic about his story, etc. etc. Basically makes his book a number one seller (after Harry Potter, of course).

Recently, someone tipped of the smoking gun to look for his mugshots. Here’s where it gets interesting. The smoking gun basically finds out that a bunch of stuff in the book is fabricated/greatly exaggerated, writes an enormous article detailing all the stuff they have researched to be a load of crap. Now a bunch of major news sources are picking up on the story and it’s headline news. They’re dubbing him “The Man who Conned Oprah,” people are wailing “oh, the injustice!” “I thought it was real!” It’s absolutely hilarious.

I hope it is all lies. It really has no bearing on how much I do or do not enjoy the book. I still squirmed in my seat reading about his double root canal with no anesthesia and felt sorry for him and adequately grossed out when he’s describing his daily vomiting of blood. It’s a great read. I think everyone who read it got what they needed from it, which was to make their own life seem much better and to be entertained for as long as it took them to get through 430 pages.

Good for him if he did con Oprah, someone needed to, she’s been conning the public for a while now into thinking she’s some sort of humanitarian instead of just an entertainer (that’s a whole other post). I’m sure this whole caffuffle is doing nothing but good things for his book sales and seriously, who would have read the book at all if it were classified as fiction? Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that it was actually him that tipped off TSG. Good for you James. Keep up the good work. I always love a good con story.

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