This might be one of my favourite dedications I’ve found to date – not to mention one of the most inexplicable. It hails from a cheap, pulpy mystery, the title of which doesn’t include either of the quoted phrases. I’m sure somebody somewhere howled over what must be an inside joke.
EDIT: As friend and fellow blogger Katie pointed out, this dedication actually probably reads “The Kids” “Gave Me” in what (to me) is a gross misuse of quotation marks.
When I worked at a used book store, part of my duties involved packing up books for internet orders. I wrapped and labelled between 200 and 500 books a week – which meant peeking in a lot of books. Every so often, I’d find a great dedication – something cute, funny, or decades old. By the time I left the store, I had dozens and dozens of them.
Now I finally have somewhere to put them – and you can find a new dedication here every Friday.
Have any of your previously loved books come with notes from past owners? Send them my way!