I just finished reading “A Million Little Lies: The Man Who Conned Oprah” on the Smoking Gun Web site. The article is a lengthy and detailed expose on James Frey’s book, A Million Little Pieces. The book that Oprah has blessed with her “Oprah Book Club” seal, thus sending it zooming to bestseller status in a matter of months, with 3.5 million copies sold. The book marketed as a memoir of an addicted, alcoholic criminal’s fall and rise. The book that’s full of lies.
Don’t fall for the bullshit. Read this article before you buy or read the book. The fact that this guy is cashing in on lies about real events and becoming a role model for addicts and alcholics trying to kick their nasty habits without real help is an offense. The fact that Oprah fell for his line of bullshit and got so many people to buy into it is an outrage.
But what gets me is this: Frey attempted to sell his book as a novel and was turned down by 17 publishers. It was the 18th who bought it as a memoir. Makes me wonder who’s in charge of the lying here.
It also makes me wonder how many other “true stories” are really true in this age of alternate realities.