RedheadedMedStd 35F
1734 posts
5/11/2006 7:46 pm

Last Read:
5/18/2006 9:04 am


Mood: Interested

I'm sure you all heard of the heated debates about A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. Oprah originally put his book on her Book Club list and he became an instant millionaire (what a surprise). Then, she proceeded to have him on her show, found out the story was (correct me if I am wrong) largely or entirely fabricated. He had previously suggested that it was his accounting of his 6 weeks in rehab.

Ok, so now if you didn't know the story, now you do.

I have been reading this book for the past week and I must say, that whether or not it is his actual stint in rehab that we are reading about or not, I think it is a phenomenal book. This can be compared with the likes of Go Ask Alice and Crosses. Go Ask Alice was written in the 70's (I believe) about a teenager's drug use. It was actually banned in schools for some time. Crosses on the other hand, is a book based on the self-mutilation of a teenager.

I highly recommend these books to anyone who thinks that James Frey's novel should be cast aside. I feel that it is the adult version of these two books, and although they are both short reads, they are as intense and vivid as Mr. Frey's book.

Ok, if the dude lied to sell some reprocessed trees that's pretty scandalous. I think that misrepresenting your work is a gross error in judgement, especially such a powerfully written novel as this one.

Be that as it may, this is not a post that has been placed here for responses, although as always feel free. I simply am such a bookworm that I figure that if you wanted to read a few really good books, these would be my recommendations:

1. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown- Supposedly the precursor or the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, depending on whom you talk to.
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown- Now there is even more reason than just hte fact that it is impossible to put down. Tom Hanks is starring in the film, you know it's good now!
3. Go Ask Alice by Anonyomous- At one time this book was banned for its graphic language, but read it now and you will find why every kid should read these next several books.
4. Crosses by Shelley Stoher- One of those books that you should read so when your kid claims, "You just don't understand!" You can honestly say, "Yes I do."
5. Weird on the Outside by Shelley Stoher- I just realized these two were written by the same author! A vivid detailing of intelligence going to waste.
6. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham- Need I say any more?
7. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey- A grisly look at where addiction can take you. A must read for parents and their kids.
8. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy- The coming-of-age story of a woman in Ireland, struggling between being a modern woman and repecting the tradition of her family and their historical roots.
9. The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham- This book may look like it's just for girls, and it mostly is. There are awesome tibits in it for women of all ages. My Mom borrowed the copy she bought me for my birthday a few years back and is loving it!
10. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston- The movie "Outbreak" was based on this book. A more in-depth look at the "Ebola" virus and the scare it caused. This first got me into the medical field. I read it in 2 days when I was fourteen.

These are some of my personal favorites.


n0tatalker 40M

5/12/2006 9:57 pm

yeah no way n0thing will separate me from the "g0od b0ok"! thanks and praise f0r delivering it to us every m0nth mr. hefner!

shispook 48F

5/13/2006 1:01 pm

I did the Dan Brown thing, my favourite was Deception Point...thoroughly recommend it...

RedheadedMedStd 35F

5/16/2006 1:31 pm

Good book, bad movie.

WoundFossaTinge 39M

5/18/2006 8:04 am

If you are in the mood for some good pop culture, non-fiction essays, I love "Sex, Drugs and Coco Puffs" by Chuck Klosterman. He is a funny guy.

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