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A Million Little Pieces is a honest and powerful book

  • Sep 28, 2005
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A Million Little Pieces is a gripping account of the 6 weeks James Frey spent in a treatment center in Minnesota for his addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The abuse of drugs can really ruin the body. There is a very descriptive part in the book where Frey describes the painful experience he endured having several root canals done without anethesia to repair his damaged teeth. The abuse of drugs can also damage the relationship a person has with their family. One of the more moving parts of this book is where Frey confronts his parents in counseling to tell them about his drug use and drug dealing.

They are heartbroken to hear about all the bad things their son has done, and they become closer as a result of his confession. This is a bit predictable, but it is still really moving to read. I also think that Frey is very brutally honest as he describes a constant craving for alcohol and drugs while in rehab.

Every patient at the treatment center has a job to perform, and I really reading how Frey's jobs changed while he was there. He cleaned toilets in the beginning, and then he switched to making coffee. He finally became a greeter in his last days. Frey spends a lot of time describes the friendships he made while in the treatment center. Having other people around him who were struggling with the same addictions helped James get better. I thought it was interesting that one of the patients and one of James' friends at the rehab center was a judge. I really enjoyed reading about his friendship with a crime boss named Leonard who kept him in the program. James Frey's romantic relationship with a woman named Lilly who suffered from sexual and drug abuse was very sweet.

I think the message of A Million Little Pieces is that a person can overcome their addiction to alcohol and drugs if they have people who can support them, and if they are willing and determined enough. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

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A Million Little Pieces is a controversial memoir by James Frey. It tells the story of a 23-year-old alcoholic and drug abuser and how he copes with rehabilitation in a Twelve Steps-oriented treatment center. 

The book was released widely on April 15, 2003 by Doubleday Books, a division of Random House, and received mixed feedback. While some critics, such as Pat Conroy praised the book, calling it "the War and Peace of addiction," others were not as impressed by the gruesome nature of the book and Frey's overall attitude that sets the tone for the book. For example, critic Julian Keeling, a recovering addict, stated that "Frey's stylistic tactics are irritating...none of this makes the reader feel well-disposed towards him". Also, author Heather King said that "A Million Little Pieces rings false".

In September of 2005, the book was picked as an Oprah's Book Club selection, and shortly thereafter became the number one paperback non-fiction book on Amazon.com, and topped the New York Times Best Seller list for fifteen straight weeks. By January 28, 2006, it had fallen to number four on the Amazon.com list with Winfrey's following selection, Night by Elie Wiesel, taking over the top position.

Beyond its status as a bestseller, the book garnered international attention in January 2006 after it was reported that it contained fabrications and was not, as originally represented by the author and publisher, a completely factual ...

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ISBN-10: 0307276902 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780307276902 (pbk.)
Author: James Frey
Genre: General, Careers & Business Life, Memoirs, Guides, Substance Abuse
Publisher: Anchor
Date Published: September 22, 2005
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