17. A Christmas Memory
Author: Truman Capote
Granted, this touching chronicle of Capote's Alabama childhood isn't itself too ridiculous. Anyone who has read In Cold Blood or seen Capote might have a tough time reading this one to the little tykes around the tree, though.
Even the most cynical writers, it seems, can find heartwarming moments. If you find your heart melting too fast while indulging your nostalgic side with A Christmas Memory, remember Capote was the man who said, "Finishing a book is just like if you took a child out in the backyard and shot it."