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15 Books with Highly Amusing Dedications

These are too good to skip

The dedication portion of a book is on of the most oft skipped over, for understandable reasons. After all, what do any of us care about the personal affections of an author we've never met? But for this reason, the dedication page is an opportunity for authors to slip in little jokes like small treasures uncovered only by that completionist breed of readers who must read every single line of text in a volume, including the copyright.

 

Here is a healthy list of some of the most amusing book dedications that, if they don't encourage you to read the books they accompany, should at least encourage you to pay more attention to book dedications in the future.

 

 

1. Psychos, by Babe Walker

 

Dedicated to the strongest person I know: me.

 

self love

Image Via The Happi Empire

 

2. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

 

As nearly as possible in the spirit of Matthew Salinger, age one, urging a luncheon companion to accept a cool lima bean, I urge my editor, mentor and (heaven help him) closest friend, William Shawn, genius domus of The New Yorker, lover of the long shot, protector of the unprolific, defender of the hopelessly flamboyant, most unreasonably modest of born great artist-editors to accept this pretty skimpy-looking book.

 

3. Austenland, by Shannon Hale

 

For Colin Firth

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

 

4. The End Games, by T. Michael Martin 

 

Everything not saved will be lost.

Nintendo “Quit Screen” message

 

5. Virgin, by Radhika Sanghani

 

To anyone who has ever gone through the pain of a Brazilian wax.

 

wax

Image Via Giphy

 

6. The Pirates! series, by Gideon Defoe

 

Book 1:

 

To Sophie, who has a quarter of a million pounds.

 

Book 2:

 

To Sophie, who still has a quarter of a million pounds of which I have not seen a single penny, even though this is the second entire book that I have dedicated to her.

 

Book 3

 

To Sophie, who, taking into account the effects of compound interest, must have even more than a quarter of a million pounds by now, so this is her absolute last chance to do right by me or else I’m dedicating Book Four to that billionaire Onassis girl, or maybe the really nice one out of Lost.

 

Book 4:

 

To Evangeline Lilly, Jennifer Garner, Julie Christie, Phoebe Cates, Wendy James out of Transvision Vamp, Alison Clarkson, Molly Ringwald, Beyoncé, Louise Lombard, Miss France 1998, and that elfin one from the first series of America’s Next Top Model.

Don’t start crying about it now, Sophie. I warned you this was on the cards.

 

Book 5

 

To Peter Lord, who has his own film studio. You can’t compete with that, can you, Sophie?

 

7. Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy

 

For all the fat bottomed girls.

 

freddie mercury

Image Via Tenor

 

8. The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer

 

To Grandma, for being my first editor and giving me the best writing advice I’ve ever received: “Christopher, I think you should wait until you’re done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer.”

 

9. No Way Back, by Matthew Klein

 

For Mom

(Just skip over the sex scenes, please)

 

10. Diary of a Mad Diva, by Joan Rivers

 

This book be dedicated to Kanye West, because he’ll never fuckin’ read it.

 

kanye west

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11. Graduate Texts In Mathematics - An Introduction To Algebraic Topology, by Joseph J. Rotman

 

To my wife Marganit

and my children Ella Rose and Daniel Adam

without whom this book would have been completed two years earlier.

 

12. Visions of Cody, by Jack Kerouac

 

Dedicated to America, whatever that is.

 

13. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

 

I want to thank everyone who helped me create this book, except for that guy who yelled at me in Kmart when I was eight because he thought I was being “too rowdy.”

You’re an asshole, sir.

 

angry child

Image Via Tenor

 

14. Snow Like Ashes, by Sara Raasch

 

To everyone who read the first (horrible) draft of this story and did not laugh when twelve-year-old me said, “Someday I’m going to get this published.”

 

15. Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

 

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.

 

 

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