Scott on March 6, 2008 at 9:53 pm
For the second time in three years, the Oprah machine has been duped. One of the book recommendations made in the March issue of “O” magazine, “Love and Consequences” by Margaret B. Jones, has been revealed to be a complete work of fiction, as opposed to the “memoir” that its author claimed it to be.
If this sounds familiar, it should. A couple years ago, James Frey’s book “A Million Little Pieces” was unmasked as being filled with exaggerations and falsehoods. Oprah was breathless with excitement as she recommended Frey’s book, pushing it both in her magazine and on her show. It was quite an embarassment for the Oprah machine.
Which makes it so strange that this whole thing has happened a second time. Perhaps Oprah’s people need to actually “vet” the books and authors they recommend. While I think a lot of the books that are recommended by the Clan of the Oprah Club are light on substance and heavy on emotional manipulation, I do believe that she has encouraged many more people to read which is a good thing.
I seriously need to write up a manuscript and submit it to Oprah’s peeps!
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