But A Million Little Pieces refuses to fit any mold of drug literature.
Author: James Frey
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that rejects piety, cynicism, and self-pity, it brings us face-to-face with a provocative new understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery. By the time he entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility, James Frey had taken his addictions to near-deadly extremes. He had so thoroughly ravaged his body that the facilityís doctors were shocked he was still alive. The ensuing torments of detoxification and withdrawal, and the never-ending urge to use chemicals, are captured with a vitality and directness that recalls the seminal eye-opening power of William Burroughsís Junky. But A Million Little Pieces refuses to fit any mold of drug literature. Inside the clinic, James is surrounded by patients as troubled as he is -- including a judge, a mobster, a one-time world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute to whom he is not allowed to speak ó but their friendship and advice strikes James as stronger and truer than the clinicís droning dogma of How to Recover. James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions, and insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become--which runs directly counter to his counselors' recipes for recovery. James has to fight to find his own way to confront the consequences of the life he has lived so far, and to determine what future, if any, he holds. It is this fight, told with the charismatic energy and power of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, that is at the heart of A Million Little Pieces: the fight between one young manís will and the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion, the fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. A Million Little Pieces is an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.
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John McPherson A Million Little Pieces of Close to Home A Million.
Author: John McPherson
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Is your face suffering from a lack of exercise? Readers rely on John McPherson's Close to Home cartoon to contort their facial muscles into an unstoppable grin each day. Not even Botox can stop you from smiling at this latest collection of Close to Home. How do you measure a cartoon's popularity? The true measure of a comic panel's popularity is how often it is posted on a refrigerator, cubicle, break room bulletin board, or office door. By that standard, Close to Home wins the comic panel popularity contest hands down. Close to Home captures the humor in all facets of life. From home to hospitals, from classrooms to courtrooms, from boardrooms to backyards--there's a Close to Home panel that hits us where we live and work and play. A Million Little Pieces of Close to Home features hilarious panels first published in newspapers in the year 2000, the year of the Y2K scare that never materialized. Of course, that's just the kind of thing you'd expect from a Close to Home world.
The Fake Memoir That's So Much More Fun Than James Frey's Python Bonkers.
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Million Little Pieces of Feces The fake memoir that's so much more fun than ...
Author: Python Bonkers
(Selected excerpts and outside reviews can be found by clicking on the blue Python Bonkers hyperlink.) This book may share an alphabetical lineage with the Frey book, but there is no melodramatic redemption here -- it is not a parody of that book but its own entity. As one of the characters from the book says, We're still involved in the commission of the acts that will require redemption -- and those stories are always so much more fun. Bonkers and his bizarre team embarks on a gonzo tear through the streets of Los Angeles and across the pop cultural landscape as well. In his satirical quest for truth in journalism, and life, he must navigate through the many odd tiers of social class, in both the Southern California culture and in his Machiavellian office life and its absurd red and blue political divisions. This is no heart-wrenching tale of excess, its destination is hilarity, so it presses the pedal to the metal and takes no prisoners.
Yet if we're to believe what he had to say in a piece he contributed to Harper's in
1996, it was also grounded in a more ... “The Man Who Kept Oprah Awake at
Night: A Million Little Pieces,” The Oprah Winfrey Show, October 26, 2005, ...
Author: Ted Striphas
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
Ted Striphas argues that, although the production and propagation of books have undoubtedly entered a new phase, printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com have established new routes of traffic in and around books, and pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities. Striphas's provocative analysis offers a counternarrative to those who either triumphantly declare the end of printed books or deeply mourn their passing. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption, integrating themselves into our routines and intellects like never before.
Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market Julie Rak. Chapter 4
EXCEPTIONALLY PUBLIC: MARJANE SATRAPI'S PERSEPOLISI: THE STORY
OF A CHILDHOOD AND JAMES FREY'S A MILLION LITTLE PIECES ...
Author: Julie Rak
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Since the early 1990s, tens of thousands of memoirs by celebrities and unknown people have been published, sold, and read by millions of American readers. The memoir boom, as the explosion of memoirs on the market has come to be called, has been welcomed, vilified, and dismissed in the popular press. But is there really a boom in memoir production in the United States? If so, what is causing it? Are memoirs all written by narcissistic hacks for an unthinking public, or do they indicate a growing need to understand world events through personal experiences? This study seeks to answer these questions by examining memoir as an industrial product like other products, something that publishers and booksellers help to create. These popular texts become part of mass culture, where they are connected to public events. The genre of memoir, and even genre itself, ceases to be an empty classification category and becomes part of social action and consumer culture at the same time. From James Frey’s controversial A Million Little Pieces to memoirs about bartending, Iran, the liberation of Dachau, computer hacking, and the impact of 9/11, this book argues that the memoir boom is more than a publishing trend. It is becoming the way American readers try to understand major events in terms of individual experiences. The memoir boom is one of the ways that citizenship as a category of belonging between private and public spheres is now articulated.
On January 8, 2006, the investigative website the Smoking Gun incited a media
firestorm by reporting that James Frey's memoir A Million Little Pieces was filled
with “fabrications, falsehoods, and other fakery.” Four months earlier, Oprah ...
Author: Dave Tell
Publisher: Penn State Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
"Examines the role of confession in American culture. Argues that the genre of confession has profoundly shaped (and been shaped by) six of America's most intractable cultural issues: sexuality, class, race, violence, religion, and democracy"--Provided by publisher.
The revelation that James Frey's best-selling memoir about his re- covery from
drug and alcohol addiction, A Million Little Pieces, contains multiple lies and
exaggerations has evidently undermined its value for many readers. Oprah
Author: Timothy Aubry
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Why do Americans read contemporary fiction? This question seems simple, but is it? Do Americans read for the purpose of aesthetic appreciation? To satisfy their own insatiable intellectual curiosities? While other forms of media have come to monopolize consumers’ leisure time, in the past two decades book clubs have proliferated, Amazon has sponsored thriving online discussions, Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions of viewers to read both contemporary works and classics, and novels have retained their devoted following within middlebrow communities. In Reading as Therapy, Timothy Aubry argues that contemporary fiction serves primarily as a therapeutic tool for lonely, dissatisfied middle-class American readers, one that validates their own private dysfunctions while supporting elusive communities of strangers unified by shared feelings. Aubry persuasively makes the case that contemporary literature’s persistent appeal depends upon its capacity to perform a therapeutic function. Aubry traces the growth and proliferation of psychological concepts focused on the subjective interior within mainstream, middle-class society and the impact this has had on contemporary fiction. The prevailing tendency among academic critics has been to decry the personal emphasis of contemporary fiction as complicit with the rise of a narcissistic culture, the ascendency of liberal individualism, and the breakdown of public life. Reading as Therapy, by contrast, underscores the varied ideological effects that therapeutic culture can foster. To uncover the many unpredictable ways in which contemporary literature answers the psychological needs of its readers, Aubry considers several different venues of reader-response—including Oprah’s Book Club and Amazon customer reviews—the promotional strategies of publishing houses, and a variety of contemporary texts, ranging from Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner to Anita Shreve’s The Pilot’s Wife to David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. He concludes that, in the face of an atomistic social landscape, contemporary fiction gives readers a therapeutic vocabulary that both reinforces the private sphere and creates surprising forms of sympathy and solidarity among strangers.
... status as a valid testimony basically is not at risk. James Frey's best-selling A
Million Little Pieces (2005), to take another well-publicized example of “fraud,”
was exposed as questionable not in the area of authenticity, but in that of veracity
Author: Philippe Carrard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Thousands of Frenchmen volunteered to provide military help to the Nazis during World War II, fighting in such places as Belorussia, Galicia, Pomerania, and Berlin. Utilizing these soldiers' memoirs, The French Who Fought for Hitler examines how these volunteers describe their exploits on the battlefield, their relations to civilian populations in occupied territories, and their sexual prowess. It also discusses how the volunteers account for their controversial decisions to enlist, to fight to the end, and finally to testify. Coining the concepts of 'outcast memory' and 'unlikeable vanquished', Philippe Carrard characterizes the type of bitter, unrepentant memory at work in the volunteers' recollections and situates it on the map of France's collective memory. In the process, he contributes to the ongoing conversation about memory, asking whether all testimonies are fit to be given and preserved, and how we should deal with life narratives that uphold positions now viewed as unacceptable.
A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to
Oprah Winfrey Trysh Travis ... James Frey's A Million Little Pieces may or may not
be true—but its meditations on recovery literature suggest some of the reasons
Author: Trysh Travis
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Category: Social Science
In The Language of the Heart, Trysh Travis explores the rich cultural history of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its offshoots and the larger "recovery movement" that has grown out of them. Moving from AA's beginnings in the mid-1930s as a men's fellowship that met in church basements to the thoroughly commercialized addiction treatment centers of today, Travis chronicles the development of recovery and examines its relationship to the broad American tradition of self-help, highlighting the roles that gender, mysticism, and bibliotherapy have played in that development.
To my little sisters Rebecca (Becky), Monica, Angela, Frieda, and Elizabeth (Betty
), your memories were paramount. ... Her heart broke into a million little pieces
when she found out Dad had you believing it was your fault Ma left. I can't
Author: Mary Margaret Kruger
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Family & Relationships
It was a dream come true for Connie to marry a farmer and have her little house on the prairie. Being a city girl, she could only imagine how peaceful country life would be. But no sooner than the wedding bells stopped ringing, did the alarms of fear begin to toll. Why did life suddenly seem so brutal? Was this mans anger and violent behavior because of something she did? Why did it take her so many years to escape? Had she failed her fourteen children by not leaving sooner? Read this womans journey to find your own peace and forgiveness.
In September of 2005, Oprah Winfrey selected James Frey's memoir, A Million
Little Pieces, for her BookClub, therebyensuring its commercial success. Frey's
book recounts his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse and his eventual
Author: R. Cobb
Category: Social Science
Authenticity in our globalized world is a paradox. This collection examines how authenticity relates to cultural products, looking closely at how a particular "ethnic" food, or genre of popular music, or indigenous religious belief attains its aura of originality, when all traditional cultural products are invented in a certain time and place.
Literary controversies come and go, but the fracas surrounding James Frey's A
Million Little Pieces in early 2006 was a sight to behold. The book tells the story
of “James Frey,” a twenty- three-year-old drug addict, alcoholic, and criminal who
Author: Andrew Sobanet
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Literary Criticism
A long list of canonical writers in Western literature have experienced incarceration and have subsequently written celebrated works about the imprisoned and the condemned. The French tradition is no exception: writers who produced noteworthy texts while incarcerated or who later wrote about their experiences in prison are found on the literary-historical landscape from the medieval era through the twentieth century. Prison writing by inmates, former guards, chaplains, teachers, and doctors is firmly established as part of the fabric of popular culture and has long attracted the attention of culture critics and scholars. Nevertheless, scant analysis exists of the prison novel a literary genre that, as Andrew Sobanet argues in Jail Sentences, uses fiction as a documentary tool. Its narrative peculiarities, which are the main subjects of Sobanet s study, include the use of autobiographical and testimonial techniques to critique the penitentiary system. Jail Sentences is the definitive study of the legacy of the Western tradition of prison writing in twentieth-century French literature. Although Sobanet focuses primarily on French writers Victor Serge, Jean Genet, Albertine Sarrazin, and François Bon his keen sense of literary dialogue pulls into the orbit of his study an international corpus of work, from Dostoyevsky to Malcolm X. Jail Sentences arrives at a coherent definition of the genre, whose unique conventions stem from the innermost regions of our understanding of stories, truth, fiction, and belief.
I regret that phone call [to CNN's Larry King Live on 11 January to defend as true
the million little lies author James Frey told in his memoir]....I made a mistake and
I left the impression that the truth does not matter and I am deeply sorry about ...
Author: Anthony Livingston Hall
Category: Political Science
The iPINIONS Journal Commentaries Vol. II In this volume of political and social commentaries, Anthony Livingston Hall synthesizes the most critical developments of 2006 with remarkable clarity and inimitable wit. But, unlike more celebrated columnists who trade in partisan political talking points, Hall seems beholden to no ideology and is definitely an equal-opportunity critic. Moreover, you would be hard-pressed to find another columnist anywhere who writes as persuasively about the international menace of Iran's nuclear program as he does about the interpersonal dynamics of an NBA Championship series or what the latest ooops from Britney Spears portends for western civilization. Hall's refreshing worldview may stem from the unique fusion of his Caribbean heritage and American education. But it is clearly the informed passion that permeates all of his commentaries that makes this book so riveting!
My life shattered into a million little pieces that day. Now, looking back and
having pieced together all the clues, I realize there were warning foreshocks—I
just couldn't interpret them. Foreshock number one was my altered state of reality,
Author: M. Necmettin Pamir
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Meningiomas, by M. Necmettin Pamir, MD, Peter M. Black, MD, PhD, and Rudolf Fahlbusch, MD, presents current and comprehensive guidance on this most common, yet clinically challenging type of brain tumor. Written and edited by the world’s most prominent brain tumor neurosurgeons, it helps you to not only determine the type and location of the tumor, but also the most ideal surgical approach to provide your patients with the best outcomes. An extensive collection of surgical photographs covers unique and original cases, while discussions of pre-surgical techniques and approaches emphasize decision making with the help of all imaging modalities and analysis of symptoms and patient history. Expert Consult functionality enhances your reference power with convenient online access to the complete text and illustrations from the book, along with videos that depict surgical techniques in real time. Provides access to the complete text online—fully searchable, along with all of the illustrations downloadable for your personal presentations, and real-time surgical videos covering microscopic extended endonasal approach to suprasellar meningioma, and more, at expertconsult.com. Covers today’s full range of management methods, including adjuvant therapies, providing you with the best strategies for obtaining optimal outcomes. Features the work of the world’s most prominent brain tumor neurosurgeons—a completely international authorship—bringing you the best procedures globally. Offers an in-depth section on surgical methods and approaches based upon tumor location, to help you in the decision-making process. Includes coverage of spinal meningiomas including pre-diagnosis symptoms and outcomes.
Maggie thought her heart might shatter into a million little pieces if Ms. Pinkerton
didn't hurry and read the last name. She closed her eyes, then opened them
again when Ms. Pinkerton remained silent, frowned, and shook her head again.
Author: Tricia Rayburn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Maggie looked down and barely saw her toenails peeking out from the shadow of her stomach. She closed her eyes and slowly stepped onto the scale. Once she finally opened her eyes, Maggie almost fell off the scale. Maggie Bean's having a tough year. Since her dad lost his job he spends more time watching TV than talking to his family, and her mom's totally stressed about money. So Maggie focuses on what she does best: keeping up her straight-A average and eating chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. But everything changes when Maggie gets a chance to try out for the synchronized swim team. Becoming a Water Wing has always been Maggie's dream -- who wouldn't want to have an instant circle of friends and wear that cute silver bathing suit? As a Water Wing, maybe she'll start believing she's more than just a socially awkward bookworm. Maybe people will see past the extra weight she's recently gained to the funny, cool girl hiding underneath. And maybe, just maybe, Peter Applewood will finally notice her. It all depends on Maggie Bean, who thinks she knows who she is, but is about to find out for sure.
going to Milan to be celebrated in a country not your own for a book with no
Italian connection.' The author James Frey had a similar take, despite the fact that
he was publicly outed for fabricating parts of his 2003 debut, A Million Little
Author: Elizabeth Day
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How To Fail is Elizabeth Day’s brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of things going wrong.
Dyron tunred full circle, trying to follow his previous attack with the little defensive
Taek- koan do he had managed to learn in his fonnative years. ... Dyron felt as if
his body was being broken down into a million little pieces. He saw a blinding ...
Author: Jenier Elias
Publisher: Little, Green Group Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction
When his mentor and guardian, Rosa, is kidnapped in Central Africa, Dyron Gates discovers that she was not just a world renowned archeologist as he had been led to believe, but something more - a double agent for the British Intelligence service and a member of the mysterious organization known as La Société du Louvre. Now, while helping on an archeological expedition in Greenland, he finds connections to his mentor's mysterious disappearance as well as the reason why she was kidnapped - the three medallions of Quetzalcoatl. Armed with an unrelenting drive and the help of his closest friends, he must first uncover the power of the medallions, and then find out who or what is La Société du Louvre.
And these sports stars are also paid millions of dollars and it still isn't enough.
They need steroids or ... Despite all of the lies and exaggerations in Frey's A
Million Little Pieces, it's got to be more honest than any children's book by
Author: Mike Straka
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Social Science
What makes you go Grrr? Is it the celebrity who is under the delusion that you actually care about how he or she wants you to vote, when all you really care about from the Hollywood set is how they will entertain you? Is it that Paris Hilton is dressing your daughters, Tom Cruise is having kids out of wedlock, and Terrell Owens is putting the "I" in team? From celebrities who forget that they're not policymakers to the politicians who forget they're not celebrities, from the office moron spouting off the latest political rant to the idiots who screech endlessly into their cell phones, FOXNews.com Grrr! columnist Mike Straka is the voice of reason for millions of rabid readers who are sick and tired of the celebrity-obsessed world in which we live today. Straka's hilarious yet brutally honest observations don't stop there. Whether you're at the mall, driving in your car, or sitting at home watching television, there's just so much to Grrr! about, and Mike Straka, aka "The Grrr! Guy," helps you vent with a book that exposes the injustices of the world and takes down some of our biggest offenders!
I Want To Go Home The end of the school week finally came, and today was
Valentine's Day. We went ... I was standing on the other side and I heard a voice
-- a voice of a little girl talking. I knew ... I felt my heart break in a million little
Author: Frederick Ronzell Best
Category: Biography & Autobiography
While on a fishing trip to upstate New York Clay Devon is sucked beneath the water by some mysterious force. Fighting his way to the surface he finds his camp, boat, and everything familiar are gone. Even the placid, blue lake has been transformed into a murky, stagnant swamp. Making his way along the shore he encounters a gang of hijackers, their carts laden with a crystal vital to all life in this world. Talya, an investigator working for the mine that is the single source of the crystal, rescues him. Realizing he can never return to his own, familiar surrounding, he joins Talya in a plan to recover the stolen crystals. Their search begins in Farside, a den of thieves on the edge of a huge desert. From there the trail leads to Darkveil, where the evil Queen Adria, who has usurped the power of the rightful rulers, banishes Clay and Talya to a labyrinth beneath the city. After encountering numerous perils they meet Prince Brian, last surviving member of the rightful rulers of Darkveil. Together, the three, along with the help of the Hawkmen, who inhabit the lofty crags surrounding Darkveil, battle the forces of Queen Adria to take back control of the city and smash the hijacking ring.
The “false hope” syndrome describes those instances when people repeatedly,
persistently, and stubbornly make ... Carter's Education of Little Tree, Mortenson's
Three Cups of Tea, and Frey's A Million Little Pieces are just a few of those ...
Author: Jeffrey Kottler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
This is a book that integrates what is known from a wide variety of disciplines about the nature of storytelling and how it influences and transforms people's lives. Drawing on material from the humanities, sociology, anthropology, neurophysiology, media and communication studies, narrative inquiry, indigenous healing traditions, as well as education, counseling, and therapy, the book explores the ways that therapists operate as professional storytellers. In addition, our job is to hold and honor the stories of our clients, helping them to reshape them in more constructive ways. The book itself is written as a story, utilizing engaging prose, research, photographs, and powerful anecdotes to draw readers into the intriguing dynamics and processes involved in therapeutic storytelling. It sets the stage for what follows by discussing the ways that stories have influenced history, cultural development, and individual worldviews and then delves into the ways that everyday lives are impacted by the stories we hear, read, and view in popular media. The focus then moves to stories within the context of therapy, exploring how client stories are told, heard, and negotiated in sessions. Attention then moves to the ways that therapists can become more skilled and accomplished storytellers, regardless of their theoretical preferences and style.