The Book Nook

Welcome to the Book Nook! This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism.

This week’s recommended discussion: Did you ever fall for a book — fiction or non-fiction — and learn subsequently that the author lied or acted fraudulently during the research, writing or publishing process? In what ways did this fraud alter how treat or regard this book? Do you recommend the book still? With or without caveats?

Greater implications: How did this fraud alter your thoughts about a working author’s life or livelihood? The publishing industry? The central topic of the fraudulent book? For example — did the revoked 1983 Pulitzer Prize ex-journalist Janet Cooke ( Washington Post ), who invented an 8 yr old heroine addict Jimmy, generate more social interest in young DC addicts because her fiction “humanized” a drug epidemic or accelerated government action when a child’s life was purportedly at risk.

What was the act that crossed your threshold between acceptable “poetic license” to unacceptable deception ? On what grounds breached– ethical or legal? James Frey and Dan Mallory can’t be the only sociopathic writers in our time.
hat tip to a quiet storm

One caveat: because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone (the OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread).

upcoming topics:
3/20: books about writers and writing: fiction (h/t upvote moneydog)
3/27: books about writers and writing: non-fiction (h/t upvote moneydog)
4/3: books we had to read; is a voluntary re-read different (h/t G 40F6D8)
4/10: when do you give up on a book (h/t sic humor)

Book Nook posts every Wednesday at 8:15 AM Eastern.