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A Million Little Pieces

by James Frey

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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
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    Apr 2003, 400 pages

    May 2004, 448 pages


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The most tragically real piece of literature i've ever read. James Frey is luckier than hell to be alive, and i hope his book gives people a wake up call and keeps them alive too.

James Frey....
A woman sitting next to me on an airplane had this book. I had never heard of it. She told me to read a few pages. I read a chapter. After, she told me that Mr. Frey had made "some of the story up". Still, I felt compelled to read it. I got a copy.

Frey's writing was so choppy with run-on sentences, making it a little difficult to read. Yet read it I did. I couldn't put it down even though I knew some facts were skewed. I knew something was wrong when Frey told of going to the dentist, have teeth pulled and root canals performed with no anesthetic or pain medication. This is something that would NEVER happen regardless of such incidences as drug and alcohol abuse.

However, as more of the story unfolds events are more "real" for this reader. Frey's comradarie with others in the facility is often found in a variety of treatment facilities, be it drugs/alcohol, PTSD, depression and the like. Comfort is found in forming these friendships and from what I have been told these are lifelong friendships.

Speaking of friendships, his "relationship" with Lily should never have happened. Even though I get it, rehab is not Match.com and I have been told by a reformed alcoholic that one should never seek out a relationship with someone who has drug/alcohol problems. They just feed off one another. No idea if that is true or not.

Having said all that, Frey's book was one that I could not put down. I had to see it to the end. I must add that the ending was anti-climatic. I guess I just expected more.
Natalie Jeanne Champagne

Does anyone remember a million little pieces?
I do, Sort of. But what I remember most was Oprah.

James Frey received critical acclaim—a National Bestseller-- for his book, A Million Little Pieces, a perfect title for a book which would effectively make his life fall into such. I rarely re-read books which don’t steal me by surprise but I found it on my bookshelf, sitting beside books I appreciate to a much higher degree, grabbed it and opened it to the first page:

“I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and the feeling of something warm dripping down my chin. I lift my hand to feel my face. My front four teeth are gone. I have a hole in my cheek, my nose is broken and my eyelids are swollen nearly shut.”

Frey recognizes, through those swollen eyelids and with a hole in his cheek, that he is on a plane. Red flag. What sort of man ends up on a plane, without a chaperone, with a goddamn hole in his cheek? Surely Oprah might have questioned this. But a memoir is a memoir and a memoir isn’t always factual. Frey scared all future memoirists with his tryst down memory---lack thereof----lane.

Search: A Million Little Pieces on Google. The first two pages: Wikipedia and, what a surprise, Oprah come up. Oprah seems to find her way into every controversy.

Wikipedia states:

“A Million Little Pieces is a semi-fictional memoir by James Frey”

Oprah’s website has Frey sitting on her plush couch trying to explain how addiction erodes memoir etc etc while Oprah has her leg crossed, she stares at Frey, and her eyes could kill.Nothing is worse for your career then pissing off Oprah. Ask James.

Oprah states:
“James Frey is here and I have to say it is difficult for me to talk to you because I feel really duped. But more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers. I think it's such a gift to have millions of people to read your work and that bothers me greatly. So now, as I sit here today I don't know what is true and I don't know what isn't. So first of all, I wanted to start with The Smoking Gun report titled, "The Man Who Conned Oprah" and I want to know—were they right?”

James responds, deadpan:

“I think most of what they wrote was pretty accurate. Absolutely”

What a brilliant response, truly. Bravo James.

She goes on and interrogates him like he has just killed someone. I must ask: why did she not notice that he had no visible scarring on his face? Would a hole in your face not leave a scar? Why am I bothering to re-hash this? Simply because in the first few pages of the newest edition of A Million Little Pieces, Frey explains that certain things were embellished for the benefit and readability of the book.

His (past) publisher Doubleday states:

“We bear responsibility for what we publish, and apologize to the reading public for any unintentional confusion surrounding A Million Little Pieces”

So, here’s what we have:

-A seething Oprah angry because she has been made to look a little gullible. Oprah, understandably, does not want to be seen as anything but absolutely correct. She is a monarchy in her own right.

-James Frey, maybe a little embarrassed, but if any publicity is good publicity he couldn’t have planned this any better. The book goes on to sell another million copies and as such, his life remains in piece.

-As for Doubleday, well, they went ahead and took James of the list of clientele. He finds another publisher and off he goes, broken nose and all.

Case in point: a man with a bleeding hole in his cheek would probably not be on an airplane.

A look into the truth ..
This book was amazing in more ways then one, simply for the fact that I couldn't put it down. The reality of the situation he has put himself in and how he can come to terms with himself is amazing. I want to meet James Frey to tell him how proud I am of him even tho I don't know him at all. A definite must read...
Alicia Gonzalez

This book is truly an amazing journey into the mind of a troubled and desperate human being. Frey writes about what many of us fail to admit and how many of us truly feel as we leave our addicitions behind and must confront the hardships of reality and our own inner demons. Albeit, I could not relate entirely to the extreme nature of his disease, his prose and stylistic manner was so engaging that I felt as though at times I was right there with him. I believe that this book is a great testimony about the struggles that many individuals with addictions face on a daily basis whether they are using or on the long road to recovery.

I'm only 14. And this is the most powerful book I have read in a long time. I really had enjoyed it. If others are looking for a cure from addiction or abuse from pain then this is the book to go to. I don't know how the life of a drug-dealer or a person addicted to drugs is but Mr. James, he really tells of how the life of a drug-dealer might be or how it is. My favorite charchter was Lily. I had enjoyed reading about her, but one question that getts me is, why Lily why? But some of it was not the truth. I would have gaven this a 5 but he still lied.

my review
this book was a great read and they way frey wrote it is awesome i liked reading this and i usually dont read anything, other books i read and liked as much as this one are like go ask alice and the lost boy this book is very kool i like how he talked about the drugs and how it was so hard to get off them it felt like i was there but i agree with alot of the people on here saying that it sounds more like fiction than non but still a good read....

As a recovering addict, I can relate to much of the mayhem, chaos and insanity and i can certainly relate to the fear, fear, fear. I am, however, disturbed by the author's ego-fueled distain for 12-step programs. I agree that it is certainly possible to get sober and stay sober without AA--BUT a very remote and slim possibility at that. Sorta like 1 in a million--similar to the same chances one has at winning the lottery perhaps or being struck by lightening.
My concern is that because 12 step programs are a proven and THEE most successful means of getting and staying sober, i hope that those who are struggling with addiction don't think they can do it w/o a least tgiving a 12-step program a chance--it really is the best chance we have at living a life of peace and sobriety. And the author might be chemically sober but my guess is that he is a miserable ball of mess on the inside, STILL full of rage and anger, and a soul-corrupter to be around (aka DRY DRUNK). Peace.

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