Well, now there's Margaret B Jones (aka Margaret Seltzer) whose memoir "Love and Consequences" (released last week by Riverhead) about her life as a half-white, half-Native American being raised by a black foster mother ("Big Mom") and selling drugs for a gang in gritty L.A., turns out to be fiction. In this case, the author's sister ratted her out to the publishing company after reading a piece about the author in the New York Times. Apparently Ms. Jones/Seltzer, who is 100% caucasion (which seems pretty clear to me when I look at her photograph), grew up in a well-off area of the San Fernando Valley with her perfectly white Episcopal family, where she never sold drugs or lived in the foster care system. Oopsy.
Moral of the story for the publishing world: Enough with the reality T.V. literature, people. Any of these fakes probably would have been bitchin' novels. That is, if only you still published fiction.
(Not to put too fine a point on it, but Michiko Kakutani did rave about "Love and Consequence" in a review in the New York Times. Ahh, the irony.)