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The Best Biggest Liar of 2006

We all fell in love with James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. His tale of despair, drugs, and finally redemption was addicting to read and an inspiration to many. Oprah loved the book so much she gave it a coveted spot in her Book Club. Unfortunately, we soon found out that most of the million pieces that made up his memoir were lies. At first Oprah went on Larry King and said that everyone was making "much ado about nothing." But soon after she changed her tune and gave Frey a verbal ass-kicking on her show. Soon after his agent and publisher dumped him. Many felt betrayed but we were entertained.


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lolak lolak 10 years
Oprah's credibility was put on the line long before Frey came in the picture, I still can't stand her. As for what she is doing for woman and children in Sudan...well the organization uses her name to get more donations and media. The money is not coming directly out of her pocket so I say back patting should stop right here. She's no one special, not even a crazy scientologist wanted her in his wedding and that says A LOT. LOL LOL
imcanadian1 imcanadian1 10 years
I loved this book, and I don't think he lied that much. I think he lied about little details. Plus, our emotions skew our memories. This means that how we felt when the event was happening (happy, sad, angry) will leave an imprint on how we remember the event. Plus, if two people live the same thing, they will not remember it the same way. This is just to say that I don't believe that he lied knowingly. I still think it's a very powerful book that is well written. Oprah's full of sh*t. I hate her. I think she's disgusting and I can't stand her.
Some-1-U-Know Some-1-U-Know 10 years
You ever hear of the slogan "Don't Mess With Texas!"...Same apply's to Opra...."Don't Mess With Opra!"
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
The danger of this book is that people who have never been in rehab will believe Frey's lies and find his story "inspiring" and/or "powerful." About 20 pages in I knew he was full of shit. The man is a fraud and his book is total fiction. I'm not an Oprah fan but I loved when she bitchslapped Frey on her show. You can't bullshit a bullshitter. Merry Christmas!
Cyn_MF_Cyn Cyn_MF_Cyn 10 years
I read the book right when it came out. Before the hoopla of the lies and deception. Yet, I still find it to be such a powerful book. It was well written and really touched the heart. I could visualize all that was going on in his so-called life. I still recommend it as a good read on the crapper. ha ha ha. Another book I totally recommend that isn't lies and deception, but a touching and great read is "A Called Called It" by Dave Pelzer. I never cried so much reading a book.
amisarcastic amisarcastic 10 years
rosie & oprah, two peas in a pod; no class bullys.
blondie01 blondie01 10 years
Oh gosh, this is he lied...alot...but honestly, who cares? We all got a kick out of the book and that was the main purpose. If you really think about it...does it really actually matter? I like Oprah but I have noticed she always cuts people off while they're talking, as if shes not listening to what they are saying, but just thinking of her next question.
coconutmonkey coconutmonkey 10 years
By the time I read this book it was already a known fact that this wasn't 100% factual. I thought the book was alright, but didn't love it like everyone else. If I read it before the controversy, I would have felt swindled though. This book was presented as fact. there were articles written about it, he did interviews about the book. He had ample opportunities to clarify the truthfulness of this book but kept it a secret. Though I agree that she is long winded and loves nothing more than massaging her own ego, Oprah put her cedability on the line by telling the world that this is a must read TRUE story. I didn't see her verbal ass kicking, but I think I would have done the same thing.
psucksliterally psucksliterally 10 years
I still love this book, and have re-read it over again and again.
mstigerlily mstigerlily 10 years
Best review of this book ever here: How can anyone call this "the best book they ever read"? I feel sad for America if this is considered fine literature.
mstigerlily mstigerlily 10 years
Oh - and do yourself a favor and read James Pinocchio's "A Million Little Lies" the parody of James Frey's ridiculous book.
zeldapommeroy zeldapommeroy 10 years
I agree with divalicious1 about who the biggest liar is.
divalicious1 divalicious1 10 years
Frey's not the biggest liar of 2006. The biggest liar of 2006 is W.
Samantha Samantha 10 years
um... you DOES matter that his book was filled with LIES. A memoir is looser in definition than a biography but is supposed to be a TRUTHFUL rememberance of one's past. A memoir is NOT FICTION. Also, major problem with A Million Little Pieces - Frey is supposedly a recovering alchoholic - he goes into a treatment program and rejects the 12 step program and claims he overcame his addiction through reading a different book (can't remember the name of it). What if THIS is a lie also?? - Frey had many followers(a lot of them recovering addicts themselves), and I am sure many of them wanted to follow in his footsteps. Bottom line - if you lie a million times your book is worthless, even if you are a good writer. And Oprah - she can pat herself on the back ALL SHE WANTS. She is AMAZING. What she is doing for the women and children in Sudan, among the countless other many charity ventures she initiates and supports, is incredible. She talks a lot? Well, she quite possibly has a lot to say.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
He got caught up in the hype...
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 10 years
I haven't read the book, but I do wonder. Over time alot has come out about Oprah. The way she deals with guests etc. My question is, if she wasnt giving out such major gifts. Eg the time she gave a house away and cars another time. Would she still be as big as she is?
audioslave audioslave 10 years
I am with you 100% Nomerz!!! On all of the above! If I ever read a Bio that wasn't a little exaggerated I think I would die of shock!!! Everyone stretches the true and this was a really good book. And I bought it after this stuff came out.... because I heard it was good. End of story. The people that are all up in arms about this and are really mad at James just need to get over it, get off their couches, and stop watching so much Oprah!
lolak lolak 10 years
Screw Oprah!!!!!!!!! The book was good and I would read it all over again, who cares if it's not on the Oprah list she's nobody important to me and it only made me want to read it more. I can't stand her and think she's a huge sell out, she's a liar too anyway always talking about how she came from humble and poor roots and will never forget it, but you never see poor people on her annoying show. SELL OUT!!! The car thing pissed me off too cause all those were donated by a company and only given away on her show but she took all the credit, like she was the one who had bought them. Most of those people couldn't even afford to keep those cars anyway cause they had to pay who knows what.
nomerz nomerz 10 years
Exactly! I used to love her show, and while I respect the things she does for charity and such... she drives me CRAZY. She never lets her guests talk, ever... and get over the whole James Frey thing. The only reason Oprah, and people and general made such a big deal out of it is because he was caught red-handed... how many books out there are 100% non-fiction? He's a good writer, and you all liked the book.
esmy-J esmy-J 10 years
I read the book, kinda disappointed that it was based on lies, but impressed by his story telling.
isabellemybelle isabellemybelle 10 years
Oprah was the one who came off as ridiculous. Buy the book! It's awesome.
ShoeS ShoeS 10 years
Didn't read the book, and heard just a little about the whole deal! But you gotta give guy a credit..."get rich or die trying" :) He did make money!!!
GolferGirl GolferGirl 10 years
Andrea--I totally agree with you about Oprah. I used to not mind her but now I can't stand and never watch her show. She's her own biggest fan. I'm surprised she hasn't broken her arm for all the patting herself on the back she does. Uggg. Regarding his book. Fake or not, I really liked A Million Little Pieces AND My Friend Leonard. I also still buy both of them as gifts. He is a good writer imo.
Toronado Toronado 10 years
I wouldn't exactly term it "best"...that implies a positive attribute, certainly something which this cockhead is clearly lacking. Simply naming him "BIGGEST Liar of 2006" would've sufficed.
LShep LShep 10 years
plus..i don't get the big deal at all...yea he did lie..but the book was still amazing--fiction or not.. the lies are forgotten.
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