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In an extraordinary reversal of her defense of the author whose memoir she catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists, Oprah Winfrey rebuked James Frey, the author of "A Million Little Pieces," on her television show yesterday for lying about his past and portraying the book as a truthful account of his life. Winfrey told Mr. She added: "I sat on this stage back in September and I asked you, you know, lots of questions, and what you conveyed to me and, I think, to millions of other people was that that was all true.
In the three months after Ms. Winfrey chose "A Million Little Pieces" as part of her television book club, more than two million copies were sold, making it the fastest-selling book in the club's year history.
Alternately appearing to fight back tears and displaying vivid anger at the author and his publisher, Nan A. Talese, who heads an imprint of Random House's Doubleday division, Ms. Winfrey stared straight at Mr. Frey and asked, "Why would you lie? Frey pronounced fry replied, adding that he had developed a tough-guy image of himself as a "coping mechanism" to help address his alcohol and drug addiction.
It was a stunning bit of drama that had people throughout the publishing industry glued to their television sets yesterday afternoon. The confrontation on Ms. Winfrey's show was the culmination of events that began with a report on Jan. Frey's life and his account in the book. Among the site's findings were that Mr. Frey had spent only a few hours in jail, not nearly three months as he had written.
On Jan. Frey appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" and, while acknowledging that he had fabricated some parts of his account, defended its overall message. I still stand by the fact that it's my story. It's a truthful retelling of the story," he said.
In a last-minute call to Mr. King's show, Ms. Winfrey defended the book as the "essential truth" of his life and said the controversy was "much ado about nothing. But yesterday Ms. Winfrey apologized to her audience for that call. And I am deeply sorry about that, because that is not what I believe. She then confronted Mr. Frey about his fabrications, leading him to admit that in addition to exaggerating the amount of time he had spent in jail, he had lied about how his girlfriend had died; about the details of a foray outside a rehabilitation center; and about his claim that he had received a root canal without anesthesia because the center prohibited the use of Novocaine.
Frey said yesterday of the Smoking Gun report. Winfrey also acknowledged that she had received an early warning that parts of "A Million Little Pieces" were fictionalized from a former counselor at the center where the book takes place. Eight days after she picked the book in September, a former counselor at Hazelden, the Minnesota treatment center now identified as the one where Mr.
Frey stayed, contacted her producers and told them that many parts of the book were untrue. Winfrey said that she had had her producers ask the publisher about the allegations, but that they were reassured the book was accurate.
She had harsh words during the broadcast for the publisher, Ms. Talese, who said that neither she nor anyone at Doubleday had investigated the accuracy of Mr. Frey's book. She said the company first learned that parts of the book had been made up when The Smoking Gun published its report, nearly two years after the memoir was first published. Talese said. But Ms. Winfrey pointed out that her producers had asked about reports of the book's truth in September, after the Hazelden counselor raised doubts, and that they were reassured by Random House.
Winfrey said. So how can you say that if you haven't checked it to be sure? Talese replied that while the Random House legal department checks nonfiction books to make sure that no one is defamed or libeled, it does not check the truth of the assertions made in a book. In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Random House's Doubleday and Anchor Books divisions, which published the book in hardcover and paperback respectively, said they were delaying the printing and shipping of any more copies of "A Million Little Pieces" to include statements from both the publisher and the author noting that "a number of facts have been altered and incidents embellished.
In a statement, Penguin said it was considering what action to take regarding its book. About a contract it recently signed for two more books from Mr. Frey, the company said: "The ground has shifted. It's under discussion. Frey has previously said he offered "A Million Little Pieces" to publishers first as a work of fiction, then as a memoir.
But he has also said that in changing the book's designation from fiction to nonfiction, he did not change anything in it. One former publisher said he believed that the publishing industry would have to change its practices at the behest of its biggest patron, Ms. Laurence J. Kirshbaum, who recently retired as the chief executive of the Time Warner Book Group and who now runs his own literary agency, said in an interview yesterday that "there is no question what she said will have a far-reaching impact on our business.
Kirshbaum said. But I think you are going to see memoirs read not only from a libel point of view but for factual accuracy. And where there are questions of possible exaggeration or distortion, the author is going to need to produce documentation. Frey had previously claimed that he had documents supporting his story. Frey said that he had provided more than pages of medical records and other documentation for his book both to his publisher and to Ms.
Winfrey's producers. Among the records, he said, was proof of his claim that he received a root canal without anesthesia. Asked yesterday by Ms. Winfrey about the dental episode, he replied, "I wrote it from memory," a statement that elicited gasps from Ms. Winfrey's audience. He added, "I honestly have no idea" whether or not he received Novocaine or any other painkiller.
The more Mr. Frey revealed, the more heated his confrontation with Ms. Winfrey became. That's a lie. It's not an idea, James, that's a lie. Winfrey replied, "Well, that needs to change. Home Page World U.
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Sam Taylor-Johnson has brought the bestseller to the big screen while bypassing the controversy that trailed it, leading Adam White to ask: why bother? It is also the least fascinating thing about A Million Little Pieces. The most captivating element of its existence is the noise that surrounds it — the accusations that it was largely faked, despite being marketed as a memoir, the literary-world war of words over its editing, and the piercing, terrifying glare of Oprah Winfrey , who elegantly destroyed Frey on live television over his apparent betrayal. Frey was 17, addicted to a potentially lethal combination of cocaine, meth and nitrous oxide, wanted in three states on possession charges and with a face turned inside out after falling head-first down a fire escape. By the time he arrived at a Minnesota rehabilitation centre, he had four missing teeth and a hole in his cheek.
Author Is Kicked Out of Oprah Winfrey's Book Club
You start at the outskirts of his beard, your eyes following the curve of his chin, winding their way through the soft-coloured bristles and down to the pale flesh of the cheek below. You are searching for clues, for a scar, for the criss-cross of 41 stitches that sewed up a hole in his cheek big enough to poke a finger through. You are hunting for signs of the assembly of injuries - a broken nose, knocked-out teeth, fractured eye socket - incurred by falling face-first down a fire escape in Michigan while high on crystal meth, crack cocaine and cheap wine. In conversation with James Frey, you look for proof. Frey is the author of A Million Little Pieces, one of the bestselling books of recent years. Published in , it is a memoir of the author's time as a year-old alcoholic drug addict and former criminal in a rehabilitation centre in the American midwest.
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In an extraordinary reversal of her defense of the author whose memoir she catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists, Oprah Winfrey rebuked James Frey, the author of "A Million Little Pieces," on her television show yesterday for lying about his past and portraying the book as a truthful account of his life. Winfrey told Mr. She added: "I sat on this stage back in September and I asked you, you know, lots of questions, and what you conveyed to me and, I think, to millions of other people was that that was all true. In the three months after Ms. Winfrey chose "A Million Little Pieces" as part of her television book club, more than two million copies were sold, making it the fastest-selling book in the club's year history.
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A Million Little Pieces is a book by James Frey , originally sold as a memoir and later marketed as a semi-fictional novel following accusations of literary forgery. While initially promoted as a memoir, it later emerged that many of the events described in the book never happened. A badly tattered James wakes up on a commercial flight to Chicago, with injuries that he has no recollection of having sustained or of how he ended up on the plane. He is met by his parents at the airport, who take him to a rehabilitation clinic.