Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

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

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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The World in Six Songs by Daniel J Levitin – Dedication

In Books, Psychology on September 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Neurology, Biology and Ani DiFranco perform together as subjects in Daniel J Levitin’s book The World in Six Songs. He analyzes our “musical brains,” uncovering the social and evolutionary triggers at work in songs like “War, What Is It Good For?”

Here’s the book’s dedication ~

To K.Z.

who always knows what music I’ll like

and for L.R.G.

who put the kibosh on that whole llama farm thing

Joni Mitchell gave Levitin this awesome quote for The World in Six Songs ~

“This is the worst idea for a book I’ve ever heard – it makes me want to vomit. The idea encapsulates the very worst part of Western thought. It makes a purely Socratic distinction about something that isn’t intellectualizable.” [One week later:] “I take it back – I’m sorry! This is great!”
— Joni Mitchell

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Tranquilista by Kimberly Wilson – Dedication

In Books, Psychology, Self-Help on August 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Kimberly Wilson dedicated her new book Tranquilista ~

This book is dedicated to fabulous femmes around the globe

who seek joie de vivre through spirituality, style, creative expression,

and do-gooding while leaving a sparkling legacy.

Nice one! If you’re near Dallas, TX, USA, she’s doing a signing this Saturday, August 14, 2 pm at the Northpark Mall Barnes & Noble.

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The Five You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – Dedication

In Books, Humor, Novels, Psychology on August 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Mitch Albom dedicated his book The Five People You Meet In Heaven with a story ~

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).

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg – Dedication

In Biography, Books, Horror, Psychology on June 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

Vogue Magazine just ran an article on Bill Clegg’s first novel. The story: crack and heartache.

Bill can mock a dorky corporateer in three quick words and tell a whole vibrant story in just sixteen, but he’ll keep you captivated through all 200+ pages of this novel. See Bill succeed (New York literary agent). See Bill slip and slide into drugs. Hang on to see the end.

We loved the way he shared his partner Noah’s heartache and sorrow and rage. It’ll tear you heart out. 😦

Bill Clegg dedicated Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ~

For everyone still out there