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I’m Down by Mishna Wolff — Dedication

In Biography, Books on June 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Now that’s an afro.

Mishna Wolff dedicated “I’m Down” (her memoir about growing up ivory in an impoverished ebony neighborhood) ~

To my mom and dad, who gave me the best childhood I

would never have been smart enough to ask for.

We especially liked the parts about the GSCC (Government-Sponsored Charity Club) and the amazing 80s photos of her dad in short shorts.

More Than Just a Game Soccer vs. Apartheid by Korr and Close – Dedication

In Books, History & Culture, sports on June 23, 2010 at 8:19 am

More Than Just a Game – Soccer vs. Apartheid by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close examines race relations and cultural change among South Africa’s prison football teams. Awesome book. Check it out. The title comes from a Nelson Mandela quote. Mandela and other political prisoners played soccer in Robben Island prisons, eventually organizing a formal league. Sports played a pivotal role in their fight against apartheid. Soccer became “more than just a game.”

Chuck Korr and Marvin Close’s dedication in More Than Just a Game ~

To the men of Robben Island

and the free South Africa

they helped to create.

Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski – Dedication

In Books, sports on June 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski’s dedications in Soccernomics ~

From Simon:

To Pamela

(who doesn’t know about football,

but knows about writing) for her astonishing tolerance.

And to Leila, Leo and Joey, for all the smiles.

From Stefan:

To my father

We never saw eye to eye,

but he taught me to question everything.

I was rooting for Argentina πŸ™‚

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – Dedication

In Books on June 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

Gennifer Choldenko‘s book “Al Capone Does My Shirts” tells the story of a boy named Moose, his adorably bizarre kid sister Natalie, and their neighbors – the rapists, murderers and soggy criminals who live together on Alcatraz Island. We especially liked his teacher, Miss Bimp.

Gennifer Choldenko’s dedication in Al Capone Does My Shirts ~

To my sister

Gina Johnson

and to all of us who loved her –

however imperfectly.

Choldenko’s sister inspired the character Natalie.

Losing Our Religion by S.E. Cupp – Dedication

In Books, Politics on June 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

You can read her new book “Losing Our Religion” (thanks R.E.M.!) and discover what’s wrong with the right (again), or you can visit her website to hear her thoughts on the World Cup Horn.

S.E. Cupp Losing Our Religion dedication ~

This book is dedicated to all the men and women

serving in the military at home and overseas.

Thank you.

Land of the Permanent Wave by Edwin Shrake – Dedication

In Books, Short Stories on June 21, 2010 at 8:41 am

Meet the mad dogs. These Texas writes – Gary Cartwright, Ann Richards, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Steven Long, Larry L. King and Bud Shrake – raised hell and loved writing about the great state of Texas.

Edwin “Bud” Shrake’s Land of the Permanent Wave is a collection of short stories and news articles specifically about the Texas frontier.

Ben Fountain, who wrote “Brief Encounters with Che Chuevara,” said:

“Bud Shrank seems to have packed about six lifetimes’ worth of experience into one, and he writes about his experiences with intelligence, wit, and skill.”

Bud Shrake’s dedication in Land of the Permanent Wave ~

For Jody Gent

Why dedicate it Jody? Β Pete and Jody Gent were Mad Dogs too. TheyΒ gave Bud a swing with a gorgeous view of the sunset.

Steven L. Davis (editor) also added a dedication ~

Para mis tres hermanos:

Jeff, Joe, Don

The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow – Dedication

In Biography, Books on June 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Jeffrey Zaslow took a break from his Wall Street Journal career to novelize eleven women and their forty-year friendship inΒ “The Girls from Ames.” (As in Ames, Iowa). He wrote an article about the lifelong bonds women form with their friends and analyzed what kept these eleven girls together for forty years.

Zaslow dedicated The Girls from Ames Β ~

“For all those who’ve known

the gift of friendship…”

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem – Dedication

In Books on June 20, 2010 at 8:09 am

Gloria Steinem’s book “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” dives deep under the skin of the 1980s women with such stories as “I Was a Playboy Bunny” and “Patricia Nixon Flying” and “Why Young Women Are More Conservative.” Her essay “Jackie Reconsidered” is pretty amazing too.

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions’ dedication is: really long.

This book is gratefully dedicated to…

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, who went through boxes of past writing, sold a sampling to Holt, and thus forced me to work on this book; to Suzanne Braun Levine, who gave loving and time-consuming advice on what to keep and where to put it; to my editor, Jennifer Josephy, whose good judgment is matched only by her great patience; to Joanne Edgar, who has spent a dozen years encouraging me to make space for writing, even when I didn’t do it; to Robin Morgan, whose sisterly critiques I hope I never have to live without; to Robert Benton, whose long-ago listening to stories of a Toledo childhood helped show me that I needn’t pretend to be someone else to be a writer; to Clay Felker, who never cared what gender of journalist a news-worthy idea came from; to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution, whose fellowship provided time for most of the research herein; to Stan Pottinger for eight years of friendship, encouragement, and vitality; to Alice Walker for an honesty so strong that it lights an honest path for those around her, to Andrea Dworkin for an anger so righteous that it keeps others from confronting injustice without it; to Patricia Carbine, my friend and partner at Ms. magazine, who has given me and millions of others a forum for new ideas and dreams; to my father, Leo Steinem, who taught me to love and live with insecurity; to my mother, Ruth Nuneviller Steinem, who performed the miracle of loving others even when she could not love herself; and to all the courageous people I have met in twenty years of reporting and organizing – those women and men who dream of a justice that has yet to come and live on the edge of history.

She also quoted the Bible:

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

I Samuel 15:23


Walk in My Shoes by Andrew Young and Kabir Sehgal – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on June 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

American civil rights legend Andrew Young shares parables and pieces of history with godson Kabir Sehgal in this fantastic conversational biography. Go get it.

Walk in My Shoes dedication:







Seriously ~ go read this book. Bill Clinton wrote the forward. Maya Angelou’s glowing review lights up the back cover. Go go go!

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg – Dedication

In Adventure, Books on June 10, 2010 at 4:00 am

For Tommy Thompson