Dowd: ‘NY Times’ Bestseller List Will Note James Frey’s Fantasies

By: E&P Staff

The New York Times’ influential bestseller list will soon indicate that James Frey admitted fabricating parts of his “nonfiction” memoir “A Million Little Pieces,” Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd disclosed Saturday.

She also posed the question of whether the Times will move the book from its nonfiction to fiction list. “The editors told me that the list was simply in the business of counting the books sold, not checking whether memoirs ? from stoned rockers or spinning politicians ? were mostly true,” she revealed. “But The Times’s list will indicate that Mr. Frey has admitted fabricating parts of the book.”

Some booksellers disagree. “I think it should definitely not be on the nonfiction best-seller list,” Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books in Coral Gables, Fla., told Dowd. Roxanne Coady, owner of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn., said she’d “probably reclassify it as fiction.”

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