Book report: A million little pieces

I don't know if you followed the spat a few months ago. This book, "A million little pieces" by James Frey was chosen by Ms. "O" (Oprah) for her book club. A lot of fanfare, a lot of press. It's a memoir about one man's experiences as a totally out of control addict, then joining a rehab program and getting on the road to recovery.

The problem is / was that after Oprah made all this fuss about James Frey, it turned out that certain details of the book were fictionalized. It was not exactly clear whether 10%, 20% or what were not from his real life experience. But Oprah threw a fit in a famous 'come to Oprah' episode where she publicly berated and humiliated James Frey for misleading Her and making her stake her reputation on a true life story which turned out not to be 100% true. It was good TV, but an unpleasant affair to watch. Even Wikipedia got into the act!

Well I finally got around to reading this book. It is excellent, outstanding, informative, dramatic, well written and compelling. Frankly it matters not a wit whether it's 100% true or not. It was instructive to actually read the object of Oprah's wrath because from hearing and reading about it, you'd easily bypass the book and not read it. I really recommend it!

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Posted on October 6, 2006 and filed under Politics.