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When is Non-Fiction Fiction?

A question often raised in writing classes around the country. James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces and Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea provided us with sensationalized examinations of this issue, and now, from a whole new perspective, Lance Armstrong and his publisher are being sued for advertising the dethroned cyclist’s memoirs as non-fiction. The lawsuit claimants charge we now know these memoirs to be packed with lies and untruths. But does this make it “fiction”?

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