EW critics rank ''The Gargoyle,'' ''Chasing Harry Winston,'' and ''Bright Shiny Morning'' among the year's worst

By Kate Ward and Tina Jordan
Updated December 23, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

5. A WOLF AT THE TABLE, Augusten Burroughs ?

After successfully exploiting his highly unconventional upbringing in Running With Scissors, and his alcoholic young adulthood in Dry, Burroughs jumps the shark in his third memoir: a bizarre, self-pitying, thoroughly unconvincing account of his putatively hateful father.