Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

How to Write and Give a Speech by Joan Detz – Dedication

In Books, HowTo on December 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Joan Detz dedicated her bestseller “How to Write and Give a Speech:”

This book is dedicated to the people

who have attended my speechwriting seminars over the years.

They come from diverse work backgrounds –

from corporations and universities,

to the U.S. Congress and our nation’s armed forces.

But they leave with one important thing in common – a

respect for the value, and the power, of the spoken word.

They write speeches that make a difference.

I applaud them.

Theatrical note ~ She autographed both of her books with this rhyme: “All the best, Joan Detz.”

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.

Naming for Power by Naseem Javed – dedication

In Business, History & Culture, Psychology on September 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

Naseem Javed dedicated his book “Naming for Power” (an exploration of branding and brand names) ~

“This book is dedicated
to my mother, Amtul,
my wife, Lucie,
my son, Tashi.

Also, to the twenty-six
letters of the alphabet,
especially the letters
A, B, and C, which
taught me a great deal.”

Five Minds for the Future

In Books, Business, Psychology on September 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

Harvard’s Project Zero launched a brand new field of study into human creativity, psychology and the arts. Founder Dr Howard Gardner — and his wife and research collaborator Ellen — analyze how children absorb music and art, and how babies’ brains begin to bubble with ideas.

Howard dedicated his 2006 book “Five Minds for the Future” —

For Oscar Bernard Gardner
Who embodies our futures

Oscar is Howard and Ellen’s grandson.

Read the story of Ellen and Howard!

The Music Lesson by Victor L Wooten – Warning

In Black Authors, Books, Psychology on September 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Happy 46th Birthday to five-time Grammy winner Victor L. Wooten, who played bass for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and as a child toured with The Wooten Brothers Band supporting Curtis Mayfield.

Victor Wooten’s 2007 book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, shows you the world of writing, recording and performing through the life of Bass Magazine’s 3-time Bassist of the Year. Unlike most musical autobiographers, Victor doesn’t just drop names. He digs deep into individual notes and takes you behind the scenes of his best jam sessions.

Versus a traditional book dedication, he wrote this ~


Everything in this vook

may be

all wrong.

But if so,


all right!

Nice use of line breaks ~ very Nikki Giovanni.

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