A Million Little Pieces - James Frey

A Million Little Pieces

By James Frey

  • Release Date: 2003-04-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 593 Ratings

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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 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.


  • Moving

    By libro libra
    This book is one that you better have hours to dedicate to when you start reading because you won’t want to put it down! I loved it!!
  • Why is this book still labeled as a memoir!!??

    By Bs sv
    I’m VERY upset. I just purchased this book after reading the free sample only to find that it is NOT a true story. I am struggling with addiction myself and it is heartbreaking that someone would make up such a hard thing to go through. Maybe I should write a book. I have actually TRUTHFULLY went through this stuff.
  • Opens the spirit

    By triborosnicotine
    I really enjoyed this book. I wish it never ended !
  • I LOVE IT!

    By Juliofrank83
    I could not but this book down! This is an in-depth look at the author;s life at a rebalititation center. There he makes friends, and recalls parts of his life. Triumph over tragedy, indeed!
  • A Million Little Pieces

    By It Actually Works !
    I love love loved this book!
  • Help me

    By Giantscorpian
    I downloaded the sample, fell in love with it, but now when I try to buy it, it says it's being modified. I been trying later for a couple of days now, idk what to do, anyone can help me please?!
  • Best book I've ever read

    By Colin 63
    I am not huge into reading but heard great review about this book. I can say with certainty that this is the most touching and interesting book I've ever read. I read the book cover to cover in 3 days. If you are contemplating reading it, know that it is very real, intense, horrific, and beautiful all at the same time. Fantastic read, great job James Frey
  • Addicts are liars and believe their own lies

    I believe the only thing that I can fault james Frey for is not standing up to his critics!! We as Addict's make up stories whether it's a little one or a big one!!! Bottom line the book was HIS book Who cares about the mobster or whatever That's his version! And who the hell is anyone to judge that!! He might have come clean and said this is my story Whether in his head or fact But guess what none of you people what have understood So really back off And to the #11 LOSER DENIAL BUDDY BACK YOUR WORDS UP WITH AN INTELLIGENT OPINION
  • My favorite

    By cheby Machan
    I found this book while trash digging with one of my old grade school friends.😂 well, when i got back home that night i started reading it,and i loved the details of how it felt not being able to have or do something you were addicted to. I really do give this a hole lot more ratings then five cause this book is just amazing. Thank you james frey for my favorite book of all time.💘😘
  • I hated it (at first)

    By prettygoodbook
    Initially, I hated this book. The repetition in it was painful to read. Sometimes it was painful because I got the point and it seemed endless. Sometimes it was painful because I felt the gruesome agony of the characters. I liked the end. Some of the characters outcomes were predictable and others were not, which made me a little sad. Halfway through, I looked up the author in google and found that there was confusion with the authenticity of this book. It was a little disappointing to know it is not all factual, even though that was never the intention of this book. After finishing it, that doesn't seem to matter anymore. I appreciate how the end of this book was not corny. Despite my mixed opinions and debating with whether I should finish the book, I'm glad I did. I recommend this book to anybody who appreciates a book that reveals pain and happiness in its raw and simplest form.