Archive for the ‘Biography’ Category

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.

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.

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

The Profiler by Pat Brown – Dedication

In Biography, Books, Psychology on July 29, 2010 at 8:32 am

I hoped Pat Brown would have a cool dedication considering the horrific subject matter of her book The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths (subtle!). She did:




Excellent use of line breaks. Go check out the book!

Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon – Dedication

In Biography, Books, Psychology, Short Stories on July 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Wash your eyes in the gorgeous back cover art for this book! (Image from Family of Five). It’s a book about writing books ~ including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, Frank Miller’s novels and the books that skyrocketed Chabon to fame.

Michael Chabon's dedication in Maps and Legends

Michael Chabon dedicated Maps and Legends: Reading and writing along the borderlands ~

To Ayelet

(his second wife).

A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm

A Song Flung Up to Heaven, the final book in Maya Angelou’s autobiography, carries this dedication ~

Dedicated to

Caylin Nicole Johnson

Brandon Bailey Johnson

and to my entire family

wherever and whoever

you are

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

The penultimate novel in Maya Angelou’s amazing six-book autobiographical series has this dedication ~

This book is dedicated to

Julian and Malcolm and all the fallen ones

who were passionately and earnestly

looking for a home.

Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Maya Angelou’s fourth autobiography Heart of a Woman is dedicated to one man and fourteen women ~

I dedicate this book to my grandson,

Colin Ashanti Murphy-Johnson.

Special thanks to a few of the many

sister/friends whose love encourages

me to spell my name:


Doris Bullard

Rosa Guy

M.J. Hewitt

Ruth Love

Puale Marshall

Louise Merriwether

Dolly McPherson

Emalyn Rogers

Efuah Sutherland

Decca Treuhaft

Frances Williams

A.B. Williamson

Eleanor Traylor

Ruth Beckford

Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Adventure, Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

Maya Angelou’s third autobiography Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas is dedicated ~

For MARTHA and LILLIAN, NED and BEY, for

the laughter, the love and the music