September 18, 2013

30 Awesome Book Dedications That Might Be Better Than The Actual Book

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This Boy's Life
This Boy’s Life

1. Tobias Wolff, ‘This Boy’s Life’

My first stepfather used to say that what I didn’t know would fill a book. Well, here it is.

2. Garrison Keillor, ‘Good Poems’

To all the English teachers, especially the great ones.

3. e.e. cummings, No Thanks

No Thanks
No Thanks

4. Pedram Amini, ‘Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery’

I dedicate this book to George W. Bush, my Commander-in-Chief, whose impressive career advancement despite remedial language skills inspired me to believe that I was capable of authoring a book.

5. John Steinbeck, ‘East of Eden’

Dear Pat,
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
“What for?”
“To put things in.”
“What kind of things?”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.

6. George R.R. Martin, ‘A Storm of Swords’

for Phyllis, who made me put the dragons in.

7. Ally Condie, ‘Matched’

For Scott, who always believes.

8. Ellen Wittlinger, ‘Hard Love’

For Kate and Morgan
and for everyone
whose first love
was a hard love.

9. Charles Bukowski, ‘Pulp’

Dedicated to bad writing.

Post Office
Post Office

10. Charles Bukowski, ‘Post Office’

This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody

11. Joseph J. Rotman, ‘An Introduction To Algebraic Topology’

To my wife Marganit
and my children Ella Rose and Daniel Adam
without whom this book would have
been completed two years earlier.

12. Lemony Snicket, ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’

For Beatrice –
I cherished, you perished.
The world’s been nightmarished.

13. J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’


14. J.D. Salinger, ‘Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour’

If there is an amateur reader still left in the world — or anybody who just reads and runs — I ask him or her, with untellable affection and gratitude, to split the dedication of this book four ways with my wife and children.

15. Carl Sagan, ‘Cosmos’

In the vastness of space and immensity of time, it is my joy to spend a planet and an epoch with Annie.

16. Tad Williams, ‘Otherland’ books 1-5

“This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
Actually Dad doesn’t read fiction, so if someone doesn’t tell him about this, he’ll never know.”

“This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
As I said before, Dad doesn’t read fiction. He still hasn’t noticed that this thing is dedicated to him. This is Volume Two – let’s see how many more until he catches on.”

“This is still dedicated to you-know-who, even if he doesn’t.
Maybe we can keep this a secret all the way to the final volume.”

“My father still hasn’t actually cracked any of the books – so, no, he still hasn’t noticed. I think I’m just going to have to tell him. Maybe I should break it to him gently.

“Everyone here who hasn’t had a book dedicated to them, take three steps forward. Whoops, Dad, hang on there for a second…”

Dark Places
Dark Places

17. Gillian Flynn, ‘Dark Places’

What can I say about a man who knows how I think and still sleeps next to me with the lights off?

18. Mark Twain, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’

Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

19. Lemony Snicket, ‘The Reptile Room’

It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is the one who is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right. Right?

20. Robb Hobb, ‘Ship of Magic’

To caffeine and sugar, my companions through many a long night of writing.

21. C.S. Lewis, ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’


My dear Lucy,

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be

your affectionate Godfather,


22. Paul Wellstone, ‘The Conscience Of A Liberal’

To my parents, Minnie and Leon
I know you know–your son is a U.S. senator.
Don’t worry–I’m a liberal!

The Little Prince
The Little Prince

23. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ‘The Little Prince’

I ask the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up. I have a serious reason: he is the best friend I have in the world. I have another reason: this grown-up understands everything, even books about children. I have a third reason: he lives in France where he is hungry and cold. He needs cheering up. If all these reasons are not enough, I will dedicate the book to the child from whom this grown-up grew. All grown-ups were once children– although few of them remember it. And so I correct my dedication:

To Leon Werth
When he was a little boy

24. Dave Eggers, ‘A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius’

First of all:
I am tired
I am true of heart!
And also
You are tired.
You are true of heart!

25. Shannon Hale, ‘Austenland’

For Colin Firth–You’re a really great guy, but I’m married, so I think we should just be friends.

26. Robert Brockway, ‘Everything Is Going to Kill Everybody – The Terrifying Real Ways The World Wants You Dead’

This book is dedicated to Meagan, who has had the

kindness and decency to not realize she’s way out of

my league for many years now. It should also be noted

that this entire book was her idea. Please direct

complaints accordingly.

27. Peter Leeson, ‘The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates’

Ania, I love you, will you marry me?

28. Victor Wooten, ‘The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music’


Everything in this book

may be

all wrong.

But if so,


all right!

29. Neil Gaiman, ‘Anansi Boys’

You know how it is. You pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you.

Not this time.

Because we haven’t yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven’t seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other….

This one’s for you.

With you know what, and you probably know why.

30. Sean Carroll, ‘The Particle at the End of the Universe’

To Mom,
Who took me to the library. TC mark

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