Author’s Note, Oprah?
Future hardcover and paperback editions of James Frey’s
disputed memoir of addiction, "A Million Little Pieces," will include
a brief author’s note that refers to the content of the book, his publisher
Frey has acknowledged to The Smoking Gun that he embellished
parts of the book and he said so again Wednesday night on "Larry King
Live," stating that alterations were common for memoirs and defending
"the essential truth" of "A Million Little Pieces."
"The book is about drug addiction and alcoholism,"
he said. "The emotional truth is there."
Frey’s book was first published in 2003 and became
a sensation last fall after Oprah Winfrey selected it for her book club. On
Wednesday night, Winfrey made a surprise phone call to King’s show and supported
He may be busted, but he sure isn’t broke. Frey’s book is at the
top of Amazon, proving the old axiom yet again: the only bad
publicity is no publicity, or whatever that saying is. Seems the only person unscathed by this scandal is Frey, because he remains the perfect little victim, who is now a hero. The publisher just looks sloppy, and Oprah, well, she backed a non-fiction book that wasn’t exactly non-fiction. Hey, but as long as the emotion is there and the book’s psychobabble bottom line lives on, all’s good, right? Not as far as I’m concerned.