Thursday, January 12, 2006

A Million Little Pieces

This book is the center of a firestorm of controversy after the Smoking Gun has come out saying it's not all true.

The book is supposed to be a reflective piece on a man's recovery from drug addiction. It's sitting on my living room floor, waiting until I finish my current read, but having read the first five pages I can tell you it's descriptive, raw and very personal.

I saw it on a shelf in a bookstore probably a year and a half ago while I was struggling with my own issues of responsibility, and I was intrigued by the front cover's creative use of sugar cookie decorations. I guess I steered clear of the read though because I was afraid it would make me confront some issues or feelings I wasn't ready to deal with.

Now that I've sorted out my own personal drama (you can read about it here, here and here), I look forward to read this man's own journey through the darker times in his life.

The trouble is TSG says it's not all truth. The website says James Frey embellished the facts of his arrest, abuse and recovery. Frey has come out saying the book is 90 percent truth, with the rest close accounts of what happened.

Oprah has come out to defend the memoir, which is currently the feature of her book club.

The publishing company Double Day is making an offer unheard of in the publishing world: refunds for people who want their money back. The catch is you had to directly purchase the book from Double Day or it's parent Random House.

Kate sez: If this book offers an inspirational story that can help give perspective to people in recovery, then does it really matter whether 90 percent of this book is fiction?

I love a good story, fact or fiction.

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