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The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings, by Jan Harold Brunvand – Dedication

In Adventure, Books, History & Culture, Psychology on November 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sometimes, a book needs an awesomely special dedication — like JK Rowling’s shout out to fans in the final Harry Potter book.  Jan Harold Brunvand’s 1981 analysis of American urban legends had us guessing. Would she dedicate it to the butchered babysitter? the snake in the blanket? an infamous nude-surprise-party? Instead, she dedicated the book to young people (even the non-believers):

To my students

past and present

believers and skeptics alike

Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repetance of Samuel Sewall by Eve LaPlante – Dedication

In Biography, Books on November 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Eve LaPlante’s book explores the 17th-century journey of Samuel Sewall – the only Salem Witch Trial Judge to officially and publicly repent for sending twenty innocent women to terrible deaths. LaPlante is Sewall’s great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, [or his grandchild’s grandchild’s great-grandchild]. She dedicated the biography:

In memory of

Joseph A. LaPlante



Charlotte May Wilson


Wilson is LaPlante’s great-aunt (the family genealogist), and Joseph is LaPlante’s father.

A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo – Dedication

In Books, Romance on November 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Roland Merullo dedicated A Little Love Story:

for Stephen Merullo

Stephen and Ken are the author’s brothers. Gerard X remains a mystery! Peter Grudin is a writer, as is Dean Crawford.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Dedication

In Adventure, Books, Classics, Novels on November 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

William Golding dedicated his boys-gone-wild exploration Lord of the Flies:

For my mother and father

…Ironic, in a book devoted to boys who play when their parents are away!

Revere Beach Boulevard by Roland Merullo – Dedication

In Books, Novels on November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Roland Merullo dedicated Revere Beach Boulevard:

For Alexandra Merullo,

Eleonora Merullo, and Gerard Sikorski

Alexandra Merullo is the author’s eldest daughter.

Eleonora is his paternal grandmother, with whom he lived for most of his life in a big Neapolitan Italian family.

Google couldn’t find Gerard X Sikorski, but you’ll hear more about him tomorrow.

Counterlife by Philip Roth – Dedication

In Books, Novels on November 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

The Counterlife probes Henry and Nathan Zuckerman’s lives and tells their intricate story five different ways. In examining the fragments that make up a full life, Philip Roth dedicated his masterful 1986 novel:

To my father at eighty-five

Roth would win the National Book Critics Circle award (again) for Patrimony: A True Story, which tells the story of his father Hermann.

Click to see The New York Times’ reviews of Philip Roth’s books.