A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

Book - 2003
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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 facility#65533;s 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 Burroughs#65533;s 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 #65533; but their friendship and advice strikes James as stronger and truer than the clinic#65533;s 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 Nes t, that is at the heart of  A Million Little Pieces:  the fight between one young man#65533;s 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.


Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2003
ISBN: 9780307276902
0307276902
9780385507752
0385507755
Branch Call Number: 362.29092 FRE 2003
Characteristics: 381 p

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lukasevansherman
Sep 07, 2016

While I remember the poop-show that went down after it turned out that James Frey's best-selling addiction and recovery memoir was partially fabricated, I had little to no interest in actually reading it. It seemed less a big deal that he'd embellished here and there than that he'd pissed off Oprah, the most powerful woman in television. Rarely did I actually hear anyone discuss the merits of the book, although there's a hilariously inaccurate quote from New York Press "Can Frey be the greatest writer of his generation? Maybe?" He wasn't even the greatest writer of that week in 2006 when everyone knew who he was. I kinda hate memoirs about addiction, so this book was not for me. Aside from that, it's terribly written and, at over 400 pages, way too long. His lack of of quotation marks and indented paragraphs is a stylistic tic that just draws attention to how little there is here. Frey continued to write, but has also founded a company focused on young adult fiction that has been trying to churn out the next "Twilight." Anyway, this book is so terrible that you probably should read it as a palette cleanser. This edition has a tiny disclaimer that reads "This book is a combination of facts about James Frey's life and certain embellishments."

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brenstuhr
Aug 18, 2015

Whether you believe him or not, great book

Pygmy_G Jun 05, 2015

To be fair, I didn't read the whole book, but that was because I disliked the writing so intensely. It seemed completely unedited. The writer does something I really hate: randomly capitalize words. There are many memoirs of addiction & recovery out there; I moved onto stuff that offers both style and substance.

Kinderusya Apr 28, 2015

Read AFTER "My friend Leonard"

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gage2010
Jul 10, 2014

While this is a good story that I could see being turned into a miniseries, it is very choppy to read. There are no quotation marks (therefore conversations and speakers are difficult to identify from thoughts and actions) and the majority of the book is very repetitive-- especially for a 400+ page book.

However, there are some great morals and philosophies in this book. A controversial memoir, Frey displays his growth as a person/ character over the course of a few weeks, and that change is remarkable. Additionally, the people he may or may not have actually met along the way, especially Leonard and Lilly, are very lovable people.

Just be aware that this is the story of addiction, so it ends bittersweet.

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tavkaa
Mar 03, 2014

I was really caught up in the picture painted of the characters in this book until I remembered the controversy about the author and Ophra. I read the reviews and even though I had not yet finished the book, it took on another feel for me.

booksrock97 May 19, 2013

I liked the language during the first couple parts, but then it got annoying at times. However, the overall novel was an amazing read with a great plot. Sort of slow in the middle, but the ending is great. The controversy associated with the book is illogical to me. I dont really care if it was fact or fiction as long as it was a good read

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djkilocanada
Apr 25, 2013

This was A great novel. If you would like to hear A good story of A drug addict then I suggest A million little pieces. I really loved the style of writing for this book, James Frey really had me feel like I was in his mind. And I felt like I understood the characters throughout the story as well. And the dramatic ending was heartfelt so much to bring tears to my eyes.
Great for everyone, especially those who have substance abuse problems.
~Tim

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KatrinaP
Mar 19, 2012

So much controversy about this book....how much is fiction, how much did he just make up? Who really cares at the end of the day? This is a great read, giving the reader a fantastic look at a totally different kind of life; that of serious addiction. Love the informal style of writing which adds to the underbelly kind of tone James Frey has going there.

dotdeangelo Feb 06, 2012

fiction or non-fiction? I still liked the way he told the story.

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booksrock97 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Karen54321 May 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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musicfreak8
Oct 25, 2011

It was pretty interesting to read, but it was painful to read at some parts.

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Karen54321 May 04, 2011

"Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don't work. "
— James Frey (A Million Little Pieces)

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