Comments About James Frey and A Million Little Pieces from Our Readers
James Frey, author of the controversial memoir, 'A Million Little Pieces,' photographed in March 2003
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And the heat goes on (author Frey and A Million Little Pieces):
Saw most, not all, on the Oprah show with James Frey and just have to say he is one of the most impersonal people Iíve ever seen. He really didnít say much except to acknowledge some additional ďliesĒ, but then, does he really care, heís sold over 3 million books... Susan F.

I am amazed that the guy even appeared on Oprah again. I guess he thought some publicity, even though bad, was better than nothing. He could use a personality transplant. I really do hate the guy lied as the premise of his book was good and I'm sure helped lots of people.

The worst thing is that a counselor from the rehab place said he totally lied about that... Here's what gets me, I want to know when Oprah was put in charge of what people read anyway. Rachael A.
    About A Million Little Pieces by John Frey: TheyLied, They Lied, They Fried
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They Lied, They Lied, They Fried. This was a sermon title of a preacher friend who was a terrible speaker, but his sermon titles were killers.

They lied, they lied, they fried referred to the New Testament story of Ananias and Sapphira who sold some land claiming they gave all the proceeds to the Church, but instead, they pocketed part of the bucks. The issue was not their failure to fork over the coins, but it was the dishonesty and fraud they used in not doing so. They were zapped; no slack was given in those days. Poor James Frey, the author, of A Million Little Pieces, ought to be able to empathize with this troubled couple. Help!

I can hardly believe that one author is getting as much ink as Frey and the media is still skewering him. The poor guy, well, we can't feel too sorry as his book sold well over three million. If his book had been a flop, I think nobody would have ever noticed.

What sailed it literally into publishing nirvana was the icon of success, Oprah, getting taken in. Now she has come back with, "I feel duped. But more importantly, I feel that you (Frey) betrayed millions of readers,'' after having said the opposite in a phone call to Larry King.

Let's face it, there's a certain amount of elitist view with some of the columnists who have written negative articles about Frey's predicament. They disguise it; but in a sense, they're jealous of Frey. I'm no defender of lying but what the hay. Writers exaggerate to tell a good story. Having read the book and the companion, My Friend Leonard, I still think the central message of redemption and the ordeal and suffering of being an addict is fairly truthful.

I think that for those of us who have counseled people with abuse problems, Frey's badmouthing of AA's twelve steps was his biggest sin. AA is the only program I personally have ever known to work; and, in the book, he goes to great lengths to spit on it.

Those few of us who read, were discerning on whether to be skeptical or not. There were several parts where I stepped back and said, Whoa! This sounds too unbelievable.

Still, enough is enough! What I hope is that it doesn't drive Frey to drink. At least, if he has to go back to rehab, he can afford to pay his own way. jhl
    The "A Million Little Pieces Controversy" by Dan Foster(Does It Matter?)
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When I was a young preacher, I was always fascinated with the fact that most TV preachers and many of my fellow pastors always had lived these horrid lives before finding God and joining the ministry.

They were drunkards, beat their wives, neglected their children, and then they saw the "light." They were converted and they had stories to tell. From the wretchedness of sin to the pulpit. I was rendered speechless often, mainly because I didn't have any of those tales. How could I ever be a successful minister? My Mom and Dad were great. We were farmers and worked hard; and, as far as I knew, everybody supported everybody else. However, as a young minister, I thought one must be in the dregs of the mud and mire to be lifted out to pursue righteousness. It is the only way!

So, I was not surprised with all the flabbergasted sighs about James Frey and his terrific memoir, A Million Little Pieces. The book appears to be somewhat, if not downright, exaggerated. I can never say "I told you so" but I was suspect. Pat, pat, pat. Does this fact, if true, that Frey embellished his story somewhat, render the book any less readable? (Me thinks Frey protests too loudly, but afterall, Random House now wants to give people their money back, if they feel duped.) In my opinion, the story is slightly tainted, but still a good story.

Frey's book held me and I read almost every word,which for an ADD (attention deficit disorder) type, a big, Wow! Reading a book with no paragraphs, no punctuation, and capitalized words-which are not supposed to be-was a challenge; but, for this book, it works. One gets the feel that it is kind of like a journal. I could not put it down-spellbinding in a sense! And, I think, the book gave a rare look into rehab portraying addicts at their worst: the way addicts are-the way they talk, and how they think. Frey has described rehab to a "T."

When he did his self-assessment (one of the twelve steps of AA); however, I found it slightly hard to believe. If so, he was a young sociopath; I can hardly accept what he did to people as a youngster and got away with it. I have read enough about the drug culture (the hard scrabble life) and have had enough experiences counseling addicts to know that it would be almost impossible to get away with all the stuff he listed.This is where I get a little "put off" by the exaggeration.

If Frey's story about his run-ins with the law were true, he would have been in jail early on, killed or something. Maybe there is a slight kernel of truth here enhanced to make a good story, but it was not necessary, no need to do it.

But, we don't have to believe that Frey is bad news to believe the "rehab" experience. There's a slight bit of exaggeration in all our writing I think; and, if there is self-loathing, sometimes there's a tendency to make ourselves as bad as we can be.

Overall, the book is a good read; but, if I had been Frey, I would have put in a disclaimer. Something like, "These events and happenings are relatively true. Five people having the same experience will all see it differently. " But what happened in rehab happened(assuming that it is true), and I hope it sheds light on what rehab is."
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