Dave Pelzer: Pulitzer Prize Nominee
Though Dave Pelzer's first three books, which purport to document severe child abuse, spent hundreds of weeks on the New York Times nonfiction paperback bestseller lists, several family members declared that they "should be in the fiction section." When Pelzer claimed that Help Yourself was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, another writer named Pat Jordan did some fact-checking: "It is true that Dutton submitted two of Pelzer's books to the Pulitzer committee," Jordan reported, "but that doesn't qualify it as a Pulitzer 'nominee'. The committee receives 800 unsolicited books a year and accepts them all without critical comment. Theoretically, the committee would accept Pelzer's grocery list as long as he filled out the proper forms and paid a $50 fee."