An angry reader of James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" sued the disgraced author and his publisher, Random House, Monday for $10 million, claiming that she was "injured" by his debunked "memoir" of alcoholism and drug addiction.
Jennifer Cohn, a Manhattan social worker, said she recommended the book to "several people who were struggling with substance abuse or brushes with the law." Frey has admitted to embellishing parts of his story.
Another reader has filed a class-action lawsuit against Random House for misrepresenting the book as a "brutally honest" work of nonfiction.
"I want my $14.95 back," said Karen Futernick, whose suit was filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan. "They have an obligation to check."
Readers also are suing in state and federal courts in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.
"How do you produce a book, call it nonfiction and sell it without checking out the stories in it?" said Futernick's attorney, Alan Ripka. "All they had to do was a little due diligence ... make a few phone calls."
Random House spokesman Russell Perreault said unhappy readers could get refunds from their bookstore.