For one more pandering, slackly constructed tear-jerker, Albom celebrates gloopy virtues that you'll find expressed more movingly, pithily, and inexpensively on any Hallmark greeting card.
2. The Way We Were Paul Burrell
A decade after Princess Diana's death and four years after his acquittal on charges of stealing from her estate her smarmy butler dishes yet more dirt on ''the Boss.'' Among the questionable new revelations: Diana had a friend's stillborn infant buried in the Kensington Palace garden, never truly loved Dodi Al Fayed (''he was an intense, short-lived fling''), and drank a whole lot of carrot juice.
3. Hannibal Rising Thomas Harris
Hannibal Lecter had a really rotten Eastern European childhood. That's the cop-out explanation for his nasty proclivities that Harris serves up sans Chianti, fava beans, or even scares in this stilted and virtually unreadable extension of a once formidable brand.
4. Junior Macaulay Culkin
''I want to make one thing clear before we begin: I am not a writer,'' the young actor asserts in the introduction to his smirky and exceedingly self-indulgent memoir/ rant/novel/doodle ad. No arguments here.
5. Killing Johnny Fry Walter Mosley
It brings no pleasure to list a beloved writer's cringe-inducing and stomach-turning porn extravaganza, but someone must stop the guy. Or persuade him to use a pseudonym next time.