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Be not bold, be f-cking BOLD. Every time you meet someone, make a f-cking impression. Make them think you're the hottest shit in the world. Make them think they're gonna lose their job if they don't give you one. Look 'em in the eye, and never look away. Be confident and calm, be f-cking bold.
Hurricane Leonard storms into James's life, showering his young charge with multi-course feasts at steakhouses and Italian restaurants, courtside seats at Bulls' games, Cuban cigars, and an elaborate Super Bowl party in Los Angeles, all the while doling out wisdom on life and love and motivating James to stick to his burgeoning writing career. James even has a brief stint as an employee of Leonard's, though occupational hazards--like having a nine millimeter shoved in his face--prove too much for the novice bag man (though he does make enough to invest his earnings in a Picasso drawing). When Leonard drops out of sight for an extended period, his absence leaves readers aching to hear the familiar refrain of "My Son!" just one more time.
Frey sticks to the taut, staccato style that shot through A Million Little Pieces with such raw electricity. Surprisingly, the tone feels equally at home with this book's focus on friendship and extreme loyalty, and works to intensify the always-looming, adrenaline-rush threat of violence and the lure of the Fury that courses like a riptide throughout the book. Ultimately, it's a sense of hope, and humor even, that prevails and makes My Friend Leonard a stand-alone success. Despite his shady pedigree, you'll long to have a friend like Leonard just a phone call away. --Brad Thomas Parsons
James Frey's List of Books You Should Read
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Amazon.com's Significant Seven
James Frey graciously agreed to answer the questions we like to ask every author: the Amazon.com Significant Seven.
Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Tao te Ching by Lao Tsu. Completely changed how I think, behave, live my life. Nothing else comes close.
Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: The book would be the Tao te Ching, the CD would be some compilation of love songs from the 70s and 80s, and the DVD would be highlights from the history of the Cleveland Browns.
Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: No way I can answer that.
Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: I've been working at the same desk since I started writing. It's old and beaten-up and black. The rest of my workroom is empty, except for some crazy sh-- on the wall in front of me: pictures of people I admire, reproductions of artwork I dig, sayings that motivate me, things like--bare your soul, be bold, page a day motherfu--er page a day. I listen to music while I work, have a pile of nicotine gum and a couple cans of diet coke. My dogs are usually a couple feet away from me. I've always worked this way, probably always will.
Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "Loved, lost, laughed, left."
Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Winston Churchill
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
although I.don't feel as if a million little pieces needed a sequel- this was amazing. I was satisfied with the endingPublished 1 day ago by Meaghan Murray
I really like the style that James Frey writes. I loved A Million Little Pieces and this book was the follow-up.Published 24 days ago by Kelli Hinkle
Wonderful book. I enjoy the way he writes frantically...like it is exactly how he is thinking at that moment. His writing sucks me into the stories.Published 27 days ago by Jenny Peterson
I don't know what is says about me, but I REALLY REALLY love this book. Honestly, I couldn't help but laugh, cry, and laugh some more when I read this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SJK
I loved this book. I highly suggest you've read his first book, "A Million Little Pieces" prior to reading this but that's at your discretion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JJ
Easy reading, I could pretend I was right there and I got way too emotional throughout the whole book. Had to remind myself it didn't happen to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tina Lanquist
This is a very informative book for any person involved with someone who has a substance abuse pro lem. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sherryl Currin
I really enjoyed Frey's previous novel, A Million Little Pieces, and purchased this book because I read reviews that everyone liked it just as much if not more than the former. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christine
I bought this book for my son. He enjoys this author very much. He loved Mr. Frey's first book, "A Million Little Pieces."Published 3 months ago by Kathryn L. Cook