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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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A Million Little Pieces

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NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Random House will refund readers who bought James Frey's drug and alcohol memoir "A Million Little Pieces" directly from the publisher, a move believed to be unprecedented, after the author was accused of exaggerating his story.

Readers calling Random House's customer service line to complain on Wednesday were told that if the book was bought directly from the publisher it could be returned for a full refund. Those who bought the book at a bookstore were told to try to return it to the store where it was bought.

"If the book was bought directly from us we will refund the purchase price in full," one Random House customer service agent told Reuters, noting readers would have to return the book with the original invoice. "If you bought it at a book store, we ask that you return the book to the book store."

Asked why the publisher, which normally sells books directly to consumers as nonrefundable, would offer refunds, the agent said, "because of the controversy surrounding it." (Watch how the controversy ignited -- 3:41)

Several customer service agents called by Reuters reporters also agreed to pay refunds. A Random House spokeswoman said the company would issue a formal statement about returns later.

Frey's memoir of alcohol and drug-induced mayhem sold 1.77 million copies last year after being chosen by Oprah Winfrey's book club in September. But investigative Web site The Smoking Gun on Sunday reported the book, published by Random House's Doubleday division, was full of exaggeration and inaccuracies.

Frey, who will appear on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Wednesday to discuss the controversy for the first time, has called the accusations "the latest attempt to discredit me."

"I stand by my book, and my life, and I won't dignify this bulls--t with any sort of further response," Frey wrote this week on his personal Web site bigjimindustries.com.

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why do people want their money back? so what the book may not be all facts, but its a damn book. did they like the book? if they did then why does it matter if its all 100% real or not!

a book is a book..... read it and shut up!

damn people!


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If they want their money back, then they should ask Oprah for it. They're probably all fat house-fraus that buy whatever book she tells them too anyway
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Is Harry Potter real? Cuz if he isn't I want my damn money back :x!! I know it's a biography and all but seriously... it's a book, like Dubs said "read it and shut up!"

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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Author James Frey on Thursday admitted he lied and embellished events about himself and other characters in his best-selling book about substance abuse and recovery.

"I made a mistake," he told Oprah Winfrey during Thursday's show. "I made a lot of mistakes in writing the book and promoting the book."

Pressed if he lied or made a mistake, Frey acknowledged more.

"I think probably both," he said.

Winfrey, whose endorsement of "A Million Little Pieces" turned into it into one of the top-selling books of 2005, retracted her support of the author, saying she felt "conned" by him. "It's embarrassing and disappointing for me," she said.

And even while Frey admitted altering information that he presented as facts, he maintained his book is a memoir.

"I don't think it's a novel. I still think it's a memoir," he said. "I don't feel like I conned you. I still think the book is about drug addiction and alcoholism and no one is disputing that I was a drug addict and an alcoholic, and it's about the battle to overcome that."

Among the facts he admitted to embellishing: he was jailed for only a few hours, not 87 days; and each character in the book wasn't wholly represented.

"Every one of the people in the book existed. I altered things about all of them," he said.

"And you altered things about yourself," Winfrey said.

She pressed: "Why would you lie about the time you spent in jail?"

"I think part of what happened with a number of the things in the book, is when you go through an experience like the one I went through you develop different coping mechanisms. I think one of the coping mechanisms I developed was this image of myself that was greater than what I was," he said.

"In order to get through the experience of an addiction, I thought of myself as being tougher than I was, badder than I was. It helped me cope. When I was writing the book, instead of being as introspective as I should have been, I clung to that image."

Winfrey said: "Did you cling to that image because that's how you wanted to see yourself or because that would make a better book?"

"Probably both," he responded.

Winfrey made the paperback version of the book a best-seller after picking it for her coveted book club last September. Frey was a guest on her Oct. 26 show, titled "The Man Who Kept Oprah Awake at Night."

However, according to The Smoking Gun, an investigative Web site, a six-week investigation showed Frey's life was far less exciting than he made it out to be in the memoir, which has sold more than 3.5 million copies and remains atop The New York Times' nonfiction paperback best-seller list.

According to the Smoking Gun account, "When we asked Frey if his reporting of the laundry list of juvenile crimes and arrests was accurate, he answered, 'Yeah, some of 'em are, some of 'em aren't. I mean I just sorta tried to play off memory for that stuff.'"

On Thursday's show, Frey acknowledged the Smoking Gun "was pretty accurate, absolutely."

"They did a good job detailing some of the discrepancies between some of the actual facts of the events," he said.

Winfrey also apologized to viewers for calling CNN's Larry King two weeks ago and lending her support to Frey.

"I regret that phone call," she said. "I made a mistake. I left the impression that the truth does not matter, and I am deeply sorry about that. That is not what I believe.

"I called in because I loved the message of his book. At the time, every day, I was reading e-mail after e-mail from people who were inspired by his story. And I have to say I allowed that to cloud my judgment. To everyone who has challenged my position, you are absolutely right."

Nan Talese of Doubleday, the book's publisher, said she learned of the fabrications at the same time everyone else did -- when The Smoking Gun published its report.

"I was dismayed to know that," she said, adding that she never approached the author on whether Smoking Gun's report was true.

"As an editor, do you ask someone, 'Are you really as bad as you are?'" Talese said.

"Yes, yes, yes! Yes, you do," Winfrey said to loud applause.

Talese said Frey has written an author's note, describing to the reader "parts of the book that have been changed."

As for Frey, he's hoping to learn from the whole ordeal.

"I feel like I came here and (have) been honest with you, and essentially admitted to lying. It's not an easy thing to do in front of an audience full of people and a lot of others watching on TV," he told Winfrey.

"If I come out of this with anything, it's being a better person and learning from my mistakes and making sure I don't repeat them."

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did anyone see Oprah yesterday?


man do i wish i was at that show yesterday because i would have a few words to say to Oprah and everyone bitching about his book!



the book is not a biography!! its a memoir!

i dont view memoirs are 100% truth about a persons life. a biography is something different they need to be 100% true.


i dont understand why everyone is so damn upset, this guy wrote a book about his life, yes somethings are not 100% on the money but its a book base on his memories what he remembers.

i dont feel he lied about his life, he did have a problem with drugs, he did go to jail etc. e few hours in jail maybe felt like months to him...

i dont see the problem since its not all fake.. if he neverd touched drugs, and made up everything then people should have a problem with the book being called a memoir but it was not called a biography so everything doesnt have to be 100% true.


i think the problem with James Frey is that he is too clam and easy to control, if you saw the show you could tell how Oprah kinda put words in his mouth and frey didnt stand up for himself! hell who would stand up to Oprah! lol


all i know if that people are making this issue way more than it has to be. i dont belive James did anything wrong and i dont think he needs to feel sorry for anything. they book is good! he is a good writer! and the book is was not called a bio.


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That guy definitely needs some deep therapy. I think people are really pissed because he originally said that everything in the book was true, if he had been honest from the get go people wouldn't be pissed and this wouldn't be an issue, nobody likes a liar and he obviously did it to sell more books.

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well like i said, people have to understand that this is a memoir not a biography. He didnt lie about everything, the book is based on his life and over coming drug addiction. I dont think calling this book a novel would have worked since this was about his life wich not all was a lie ( thats why its was called a memoir)

he just streached the truth and i see nothing wrong with that since this is not a bio.


he did not lie he wrote a book about his life! people should know the diff in a bio and a memoir.



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well like i said, people have to understand that this is a memoir not a biography. He didnt lie about everything, the book is based on his life and over coming drug addiction. I dont think calling this book a novel would have worked since this was about his life wich not all was a lie ( thats why its was called a memoir)

he just streached the truth and i see nothing wrong with that since this is not a bio.


he did not lie he wrote a book about his life! people should know the diff in a bio and a memoir.


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But people are stupid.

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that they are!!! lol



its funny because Oprah and everyone else jump the bandwagon to ride it in order to get better ratings or your name in print a lot more.

the thing that sucks is that poor James doesnt stand up for himself and protec what a great book he wrote!

everyone is lucky james is a extra clam person...lol


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Well i'm sure Oprah is embarrassed because now the credibility of her precious book club is in Jeopardy because all of these old housewives feel "betrayed".

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lol well Oprahs book club staff has just as much fault about this book like the publisher has.. if they want to bitch about it..


Oprahs book club staff maybe need to also research the books they want to add to the club before Oprah adds the book.

but like i said they have nothing to be angry about this book was not a bio...lol


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