A Million Little Pieces

by James frey | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0307276902 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mellonhead of Austin, Texas USA on 6/6/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by mellonhead from Austin, Texas USA on Friday, June 6, 2008
From Wikipedia:
A Million Little Pieces is a partially-fabricated memoir by James Frey. It tells the story of a 23-year-old alcoholic and drug abuser and how he copes with rehabilitation in a Twelve Steps-oriented treatment center.

Released widely on April 15, 2003 by Doubleday Books, a division of Random House, the book garnered international attention after it was reported in January 2006, that the book contained fabrications and was not, as originally represented by the author and publisher, a completely factual memoir.

Before the embellishments of his book were reported, the book received mixed feedback. While some critics, such as Pat Conroy praised the book, calling it "the War and Peace of addiction," others were not as impressed by the gruesome nature of the book and Frey's overall attitude that sets the tone for the book. For example, critic Julian Keeling, a recovering addict, stated that "Frey's stylistic tactics are irritating...none of this makes the reader feel well-disposed towards him". Also, author Heather King said that "A Million Little Pieces rings false". In September of 2005, the book became an Oprah's Book Club selection. The book shortly thereafter was the number one paperback "non-fiction" book on the New York Times Best Seller list for 15 straight weeks and quickly became the number 1 book on Amazon.com. By January 28, 2006, it had fallen to number four on the Amazon.com list with Winfrey's following selection, Night by Elie Wiesel, taking over the top position.

A notable feature of this book is its lack of quotation marks to indicate direct discourse. Instead, a new line is started each time. The fact that the author uses this same style to indicate his internal thoughts, often interspersed between direct discourse from himself and others, gives the book a unique and sometimes confusing writing style, purportedly reflecting the nature of his experience in the treatment center. Frey makes frequent use of this stream of consciousness writing technique, which allows the reader to better understand his version of the events. Frey's unique writing style also involves his capitalizing nouns throughout the book for unclear reasons. Frey also uses heavy repetition of words throughout the text.

Journal Entry 2 by mellonhead at -- Controlled Release in Austin, Texas USA on Friday, June 6, 2008

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Journal Entry 3 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The book (looks like new!)arrived with an interesting postcard, thanks a lot, mellonhead! My summer holidays have just started, I wish I could read this memoir immediately.

Journal Entry 4 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, October 25, 2008
This book was really interesting and addictive (!), it offered a good insight to lives of addicted persons and the rehabilitation processes. It was shocking, but necessary, to have a list of the outcomes of the side characters in the end, because this happy end of James isn't unfortunately always true ...

Journal Entry 5 by winglukutuoliwing at Holiday Gift Giving, Holiday Gift Giving -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 25, 2008

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I'll send this book as a Holiday Gift Giving -surprise to someone who has it on the wishlist. Enjoy!



Journal Entry 6 by Inge1983 from - Ergens in de provincie, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wow what a nice surprise in my mailbox today!! Thank you lukutuoli!! I'm very happy with this one

Journal Entry 7 by Inge1983 from - Ergens in de provincie, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, November 23, 2008
I finished the book today. I learned a lot from reading this story about addictions.

Journal Entry 8 by Inge1983 at A Friend, A friend -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Given to a friend who also studies psychology.

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I hope you'll enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 9 by quietemergency from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, January 22, 2009
It's my favorite.

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