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Oprah touts substance-abuse story

Graphic ‘Million Little Pieces’ marks her return to modern books
/ Source: The Associated Press

After two years of celebrating the classics, Oprah Winfrey has returned, at least temporarily, to the present-day.

Her latest book club pick, announced Thursday on her television show, is “A Million Little Pieces,” James Frey’s graphic memoir of substance abuse.

“It’s a gut-wrenching memoir that is so raw and so real,” Winfrey said.

The book was first released in 2003 and paperback publisher Anchor Books has commissioned a new printing of 600,000. “A Million Little Pieces” was No. 1 on Amazon.com as of Thursday night.

Since 2003, Winfrey has focused on older works, including John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” and Pearl Buck’s “The Good Earth.” She recently completed a “Summer of Faulkner,” picking a trio of novels by the Southern writer.

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