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Monday, January 09, 2006

The Smoking Gun sez James Frey fibbed a bit.

The Smoking Gun sez James Frey fibbed a bit.

The Man Who Conned Oprah:

"Book Club" author's best-selling nonfiction memoir filled with fabrications, falsehoods, other fakery, TSG probe finds

JANUARY 8--Oprah Winfrey's been had.


In 'A Million Little Pieces,' a crack-fueled Frey runs down a cop in a small Ohio town and a wild melee ensues. The Granville Police Department report on the 1992 incident tells a markedly different story.


... and the blogs is all a-buzzy.

On the subject of the truth or fiction of memoirs, I loved Haven Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana.

The memoir was a funny, funny book with a disclaimer up front that her family and friends might not quite remember the events and circumstances as she does, but this book is about her (probably embellished) memories of growing up.

What a voice Kimmel has.

Frey's problem is that the hype over his story was predicated on how absolutely rotten his lying, boozing, druggy, criminal life was.

... and he seems to have um. fibbed a little.

I'm interested to see what the consequences will be.

[via Miss Snark]

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