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(Victoria, BC – January 11 2006) Avid readers feel betrayed by author James Frey over alleged embellishments and fabrications in his bestseller, A Million Little Pieces, according to a poll conducted by, the world’s largest online marketplace for new and used books, questioned 349 booklovers about Frey’s memoir of drug addiction and recovery which has been the No.1 bestseller for the past three months after being recommended by Oprah Winfrey for her book club selection.

Two thirds of the respondents (67.3 per cent) said Frey had betrayed his readers and they thought a non-fiction memoir should not contain fictional information.

A third of those questioned had read the book. However, 69 per cent of those who had not read A Million Little Pieces said they would definitely not buy the book.

The book is classified as a memoir on its rear cover. However, the Webster’s Dictionary definition of a memoir is ‘An account based on personal experience’ – which gives Frey some vindication if the allegation of embellishments is true.

The respondents offered a host of often highly emotive comments on the issue:

  • "I value the truth and am disdainful of people who lie."
  • I was under the impression this was a real life experience. I've read more than half of this book and don't know if I want to even finish it now. I want to know what is real in this book."
  • "As Oprah has promoted this as a true story, and so many people have looked to it to help them with their own issues, I think the public has been misled and betrayed."
  • "It's a great book, fiction or not."
  • "A memoir should be accurate. What’s the point of reading a non-fiction book if it’s fiction?"
  • "Whether he went through drug addiction or not, Frey has written a phenomenal story that allowed me to imagine a life I have never been a part of. He's a wonderful writer. A+ for Frey."
  • "It really stinks he has ripped people off for the price of the book. It is unacceptable, and no one should get away with such cheating."
  • "Unlike Frey, I take my non-fiction straight. I have looked at the book a couple of times in bookstores and then put it back down. It didn't ‘read right’ to me. Now I know why."


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