“I feel duped,” Oprah Winfrey said during her show yesterday. She was referring to author James Frey’s book “A Million Little Pieces.” Last October Oprah selected Frey’s memoir for her book club. On January 8 The Smoking Gun, an investigative Web site, revealed that the author had fabricated key parts of his autobiography. A media storm erupted, and Oprah, Frey, the publisher and autobiographies in general came under attack.
“NPR radio interviewed authors who taught memoir writing and they slammed him,” reports Reston Regional Library Manager Nadia Taran. “I'm disappointed in Mr. Frey. Saying that only five percent of the
book is inaccurate is like saying you're only a little pregnant.”
The New York Times reports that on her show yesterday, Oprah asked Frey if he made up the material because it helped him cope or because he wanted to sell books. “Probably both,” he admitted.
“If he had simply turned his fantasies into a novel, rather than an autobiography, he wouldn't be getting so much bad press now,” says Nancy Ryan, the manager of our Herndon Library. “But as a novel, the book probably wouldn't have gotten picked by Oprah and wouldn't have gotten published by a big publishing house.”
What do you think?
February 1, 1:30 p.m. George Mason University’s Dr. Janette Muir presents “The News We Need: Finding Balance in an Age of Spin” for ages 15 and older at the Dolley Madison Library.
February 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Crafts, grab bags and face painting as part of Fairfax City's Chocolate Lovers Festival. For all ages at the Fairfax City Regional Library.
February 4, 2 p.m. Korean New Year Celebration. Music, dance and light refreshments for all ages at the George Mason Regional Library.
February 4, Noon to 3 p.m. Black History: A Celebration of Community. Crafts, games and entertainment for all ages at the Pohick Regional Library.
February 4. Used Book Sale at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.
Find free activities for toddlers in our online calendar.
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