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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

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May 24th, 2014
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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

One thing most people know, or ought to know, for sure - you don't want to piss off Oprah.  And James Frey did just that when he released this book as a memoir back in 2003.  His book A Million Little Pieces busted out of the starting gate so fast and furious and was an instant hit. Oprah embraced it and was not happy when it turned out that there were numerous "fabrications" in the book.   By numerous, I mean a ton - like most of it.

The story itself isn't bad.  I read this years ago so had to re-fresh my memory to review the book.  Frey, in his early 20's, wakes up on an airplane missing a bunch of teeth, covered in blood, sweat and vomit, and on the way to a drug rehab in Minnesota.  There, he is told that if he uses again, he'll be dead within 24 hours.  He stays yet rejects everything to do with the 12 Steps and a higher power, claiming that he is the only person in history who has gotten clean and done so. ok.

“I want a drink. I want fifty drinks. I want a bottle of the purest, strongest, most destructive, most poisonous alcohol on Earth. I want fifty bottles of it. I want crack, dirty and yellow and filled with formaldehyde. I want a pile of powder meth, five hundred hits of acid, a garbage bag filled with mushrooms, a tube of glue bigger than a truck, a pool of gas large enough to drown in. I want something anything whatever however as much as I can..” - James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

The book itself is almost like a train wreck that you can't seem to move your eyes away from.  Knowing that most of the information is fabricated is helpful in putting it down.  There is plenty in here to make you laugh as much of the story-telling borders on the absurd.   If you like stories that take place in drug rehabs and center on recovery, this is an interesting one with a colorful cast of characters.  Some people don't like Frey's writing style.  I found that it simply took getting used to but I'm not a big fan and don't plan on buying anything else that he writes.  However, if you'd like to pick up a copy of A Million Little Pieces, you can find it here:

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