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New Book by James Frey: Bright Shiny Morning

Will You Read the New James Frey Book?

Soon after Oprah chose James Frey's A Million Little Pieces for her book club, the memoir became a bestseller. But then it was revealed that Frey had exaggerated and even made up pivotal plot elements and characters in his "memoir." Not only was Frey humiliated in the publishing world, but after Oprah dragged him onto her couch for a difficult-to-watch public tongue lashing, many figured the man would never work again.

Well, he did work again. Frey wrote a novel called Bright Shiny Morning (on bookshelves today) that was given a glowing review by the New York Times in which the reviewer wrote, "He got another chance. Look what he did with it. He stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the park. No more lying, no more melodrama, still run-on sentences still funny punctuation but so what. He became a furiously good storyteller this time."

That is the kind of review that is hard to come by for any author, much less one whose career hit rock bottom in a swirl of controversy and who managed to enrage the queen of book clubs. I have to say I'm intrigued by this excellent review.

How do you feel about checking out a new book by James Frey?

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Pepper Pepper 7 years
I enjoyed both A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard so I'll definitely be picking up a copy of his new book.
moxierain moxierain 7 years
I think everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves second chances. Its just that some people mess up publically. I've never read his work. Even when a million little pieces was popular and before the Oprah scandal, I just never got into it. I picked it up when I was browsing at book stores but could never get into it and thus never bought it. You know if someone makes a mistake they made a mistake. I think he got enough punishment from the media, especially from Oprah. I don't like how she handled the situation either. And life goes on, is he supposed to feel shame for the rest of his life? No. I don't think so. As long as you learn from the mistake and don't repeat it then why should we castigate someone forever? Its good that someone gave him another chance to publish a book.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
i didn't read the first book and have even less motivation to read this one.
avettafawna avettafawna 7 years
Frey making up stories in his "memoir" is no different than all these staged "reality" shows, which no one seems bothered by. Literature is a form of entertainment, and a business, and is as vunerable to any viscious PR machine as The Hills or Keeping up with the Kardashians. Nothing in today's popculture landscape is what it seems and to get angry at Frey is to single out one guy who, lets be honest, provided a lot of people with good, solid entertainment by giving them a glimpse of a kind of living they wouldn't otherwise have been exposed to.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Also, most books add the line that names and situations have changed to protect. There is always a line. He could have said this is roughly based on my life. The lying just makes me question him. I still haven't decided, I will check out the reviews and the book summary to see if I am interested.
caramel-latte caramel-latte 7 years
Sure, memoirs fudge the truth and memories are often hazy. But not all memoirs blatantly just make up events and people that didn't exist. To do that and then pass it off as "truth" and have people sympathize with this person isn't right, and it makes some people feel like Frey pulled a nasty trick over on them. He should have just called it fiction if he wanted to make sh*t up. I think it was a nasty thing to do, and way different than just "fudging" small details because you can't remember them very well. He was dishonest and knew he was being dishonest.
blob blob 7 years
I knew the first book was full of crap and that's why I hated it. It was too preposterous to truth or fiction. I'll give this a go because a good book is a good book and they aren't that easy to come back. Everyone deserves a second shot. Wonder if he'll go on Oprah??????? hahhaahahahahahahaha
brittanybe brittanybe 7 years
All memoirs fudge the truth. You think people really remember conversations that happened when they were children word for word?
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Thanks calliope. I read the first book but never followed the story,I just new the skim of the water. When I read his statements from the Oprah show: I was a bad guy," Frey told Winfrey. "If I was gonna write a book that was true, and I was gonna write a book that was honest, then I was gonna have to write about myself in very, very negative ways." That is repeatedly apparent in his memoir, which announces, "I am an Alcoholic and I am a drug Addict and I am a Criminal." It is an incantation he repeats eight times in the book, always making sure to capitalize the 'c' in Criminal. I am just floored.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Thanks calliope. I read the first book but never followed the story,I just new the skim of the water. When I read his statements from the Oprah show: I was a bad guy," Frey told Winfrey. "If I was gonna write a book that was true, and I was gonna write a book that was honest, then I was gonna have to write about myself in very, very negative ways." That is repeatedly apparent in his memoir, which announces, "I am an Alcoholic and I am a drug Addict and I am a Criminal." It is an incantation he repeats eight times in the book, always making sure to capitalize the 'c' in Criminal. I am just floored.
calliope calliope 7 years
I will not be reading his second book because he is a horrible writer. I don't care that he lied in his first book, however I think his style and punctuation are awful. I don't want to support anyone who I don't believe deserves to become rich from their writing. He is a sensationalist and his books are the equivalent of a 500 page tabloid. On a personal level, the man seems like a pompous, arrogant jackass, who decided he wanted to make himself appear more "bad ass" than he actually was. If you want to know exactly what he lied about read this... http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0104061jamesfrey1.html
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
annebreal, that is an interested insight that I did not pick up on. I did not view the episode but I guess in a way that she was being called out and she had to protect herself and her readers.
annebreal annebreal 7 years
I'd read another James Frey book before I'd read another Augusten Boroughs (I'm tired of seeing banner ads that are implying that NOT writing another memoir in 5 years is something big and having him put out another one is such a big deal)and the fact that this one is straight up pure fiction, who cares? If the Times gave it a glowing review than I'll consider it. And for the Oprah thing, it was hard to watch, but her whole book club empire's integrity was called into question because of that man's mistake, so I'd be pissed too.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I don't know yet, I was a little disappointed when I found out he lied. I didn't watch the Oprah with him on it. But, what are we conveying to children and others, that it is okay to lie. I just wish he would have been truthful from the get go, no matter if things in the first book did seem far fetched at times, he still stated that the book was 100% truth and he experienced it all. I remember addicts on the Today Show talking about how the book help them to get off, I just hate false hope. I just feel a little off, and I will put thought in whether I read his next book or an future work of him.
terryt18 terryt18 7 years
I'd check it out. I enjoyed a Million Little Pieces, but surely I wasn't the only one that questioned the legitimacy of the book right off the bat?
motherof3 motherof3 7 years
I need to go to the library and see if they have this.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
What the hell does Oprah know? Personally, it is not like she wrote a book, so who is she to judge? Stories will always be exaggerated and that is what makes them more interesting. Frey, dont listen to Oprah, she isnt the brightest crayon in the box.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 7 years
yes, i will
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Yes! I would hope people would not ignore a good book because of the Oprah scandal! I never liked how she handled that situation--I know she was pissed, but still! And, all the drama just made me go read the book! I agree he shouldn't have lied--but is it the end of the world??? NO! I'll def. read this!
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