Here’a complete list of finalists for the 2007 Delete Key Awards, which recognize the worst writing in hardcover or paperback books published in the U.S. in the preceding year. The short list appeared Feb. 28 on One-Minute Book Reviews, an independent book-review blog created by Janice Harayda www.janiceharayda.com.
One-Minute Book Reviews will announce the winner of the 2007 Delete Key Awards on March 15, a date chosen because Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March and some of the finalists are trying to assassinate the English language. Visitors to the site may comment on the short list, and some of the best comments will be posted in March 15. Each finalist received a separate post on Feb. 28 that included examples of his or her writing (a total of 10 posts on Feb. 28 in addition to a Feb. 27 post with facts about the Delete Key Awards). You’ll find other information in the original review of each finalist’s book, archived in the category in parentheses on the following list.
For One More Day. By Mitch Albom. Hyperion. (Novels)
The Handmaid and the Carpenter. By Elizabeth Berg. Random House. (Novels)
Hannibal Rising. By Thomas Harris. Delacorte. (Novels)
The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience. By Diana Loevy. Berkley. (How to)
Love Smart: Find the One You Want — Fix the One You Got. By Dr. Phil McGraw. Free Press. (How to)
The Confession. By James McGreevey With David France. HarperCollins/Regan. (Memoirs)
The Interruption of Everything. By Terry McMillan. Signet. (Novels)
The Emperor’s Children. By Claire Messud. Knopf. (Novels)
Toxic Bachelors. By Danielle Steel. Dell. (Novels)
The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness. By Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. (How to)
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