On the "memoir" controversy...
The discrepancies and Mr. Frey's reported admissions of falsifying details of his life raise questions about the publishing industry's increasing reliance on nonfiction memoirs as a fast track to the best-seller list. It is not at all uncommon to see new books marketed as nonfiction containing notes to readers saying the author has altered the time sequence of events, created composite characters, changed names or otherwise made up details of a memoir. "A Million Little Pieces," however, contains no such disclaimer.
I find it so interesting, this question of "truth" in memoir, and how offended people can get to find out that something they thought was absolutely true is somewhat fudged. What is at stake! I suppose it is a different emotional weight that the reader brings to it?
Reminds me of how offended people were when "novels" first came out of the 18th century. How people were worried that young women would read them and get ideas about sex. The corrupting influence of gritty realism.