Apparently, America loves a liar. James Frey was exposed as a fraud this week: he may have been addicted to drugs, but his claims of brawling with cops, beating an Italian priest nearly to death, dealing drugs like a kingpin and drawing the attention of the Feds, hitting a policeman with his car, being jailed a dozen or so times -- it's all a lie. He didn't embellish that; he just made it all up. In fact, no one would buy his book as fiction, but when he pretended it was a memoir (then a hot genre), Frey finally made a sale.
Well, no one seems to care. The January 22 bestseller lists for the New York Times (this is the list that will appear in next Sunday's Times) are out and Frey is a winner. "My Friend Leonard" vaults from #9 to Number One on the Nonfiction Charts, "A Million Little Pieces" reappears in hardcover at #15 and the paperback of that same book is at Number One as well.