James Frey

Liar, Liar?

UPDATED 01/23/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/23/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

Why did Oprah choose James Frey's 2003 memoir, A Million Little Pieces, about his journey from addict criminal to sober good guy, for her book club in September? Because, she said, it was “raw and so real.” Oops. On Jan. 9 thesmokinggun.com editor William Bastone reported digging up a trail of legal documents indicating that key details in Pieces—notably Frey's alleged crack-fueled run-in with an Ohio police officer in 1992—are “wholly fabricated or wildly embellished.” Frey, he adds, admitted to him that he “embellished for obvious dramatic reasons.” Pieces was the No. 2 bestseller of 2005. The author, 36, who lives in Manhattan, declined to comment, saying on his Web site, “I stand by my book.”

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]
LET THE RECORD SHOW

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters