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Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ~ Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on August 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

Here’s a heartbreaking and inspiring one to start your week ~

I dedicate this book to my six children, Madiba and

Makaziwe (my first daughter), who are now deceased,

and to Makgatho, Makaziwe, Zenani, and Zindzi,

whose support and love I treasure; to my twenty-one

grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who give

me great pleasure; and to all my comrades, friends, and

fellow South Africans whom I serve and whose cour-

age, determination, and patriotism remain my source

of inspiration.

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Breakfast at Sally’s by Richard LeMieux ~ Dedication

In Biography, Books on August 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

Any book with a chapter titled, “A DAY WITH C, CAMPBELL, STEINBECK, AND TWAIN” will be a friend of mine.

Publishing guru turned homeless man turned author and activist Richard LeMieux wrote Breakfast at Sally’s about his days without a home. He dedicated the book ~

To “C”

Peace. Be safe,

wherever you may be.

C befriended Richard ~ Breakfast at Sally’s is their story.

Follow Richard on Twitter

Someone Will Be With You Shortly by Lisa Kogan ~ Dedication

In Biography, Books, Humor on August 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

Oprah Magazine columnist Lisa Kogan dedicated her wry autobiographical exploration of life “Someone Will Be With You Shortly” to three Js ~

For Jonathan, Julia, and Johannes Labusch

  • Julia is her daughter (who lives in NYC)
  • Johannes is her gentleman (who lives in Switzerland)
  • Jonathan is her step-son

I liked this line from the first page:

“I work at O magazine, which sounds vaguely glamorous – but mostly involves explaining why I can’t get tickets to The Oprah Winfrey Show for my podiatrist’s cousin.”

Check out her Oprah column for more and follow her on Twitter

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb ~ Dedication

In Books, Novels on August 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel I Know This Much Is True chronicles the lives of identical twin brothers Thomas and Dominick. Lamb wrote this dedication in the book ~

This book is for my father and my sons

Lamb has three sons: Jared, Justin and Teddy.

Teddy Lamb. Ha! Adorable.

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – Dedication

In Books, Novels on August 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Wally Lamb dedicated his 1992 novel She’s Come Undone (an Oprah’s Book Club selection) thusly ~

To Christine,

who laughed and cried and lent me

to these characters.

Excellent line breaks 🙂

Christine is Wally’s wife. Mr. Lamb autobiographical essay collection I’ll Fly Away while volunteering at a women’s maximum-security prison… which means I’m googling “Wally Lamb Prison” today.

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates ~ Dedication

In Books, Novels on August 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Joyce Carol Oates’s dedication in We Were the Mulvaneys was hidden in the publication info page:

For my Mulvaneys…

To my Mulvaneys

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver ~ Dedication

In Books, Novels on August 21, 2010 at 3:00 am

Barbara Kingsolver dedicated The Bean Trees (my favorite of her books) ~

For Annie and Joe

“Joe” may refer to Barbara’s first husband, the father of her daughter Camille. No idea yet who Annie is???

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver ~ Dedication

In Books, Novels on August 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Barbara Kingsolver dedicated her most famous book The Poisonwood Bible ~

For Frances

Frances Goldin is Barbara Kingsolver’s agent.

Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver ~ Dedication

In Books, Novels on August 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Another Barbara Kingsolver for you! She dedicated the book Pigs in Heaven ~

For Camille

Camille is her eldest daughter.

Animal Dream by Barbara Kingsolver and Fragile by Sting ~ Dedication

In Books, Music, Novels on August 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Our last post about Barbara Kingsolver drew 46 hits in a single day, so here’s another gem from her.

Barbara dedicated Animal Dream ~

in memory of Ben Linder

American engineer Ben Linder died in Nicaragua during a 1987 Contra ambush.  While the U.S. CIA secretly supplied the Contras with weapons and training, people like Linder worked against them non-violently. Linder helped build power plants to promote local electricity. He also juggled and rode his unicycle through the villages encouraging children to get vaccinations. Contra fighters shot Ben and two Nicaraguans at point-blank range. Several members of Congress blamed him for putting himself in harm’s way and accused his mother of politicizing her grief when she tried to speak out about the secretive hypocritical policies. It’s a courageous tale and a great dedication for Kingsolver’s book. Read More

Sting also dedicated a song, called “Fragile,” to Ben Linder.