When I was in book publishing, I was graciously included in several authors' acknowledgments for my part in the editorial process. It's been years since I've been in the industry, but I still look at the Acknowledgments page of every book I read, even though I recognize that the list of names means something only to those listed.
Now I read them because I love coming across ones that are particularly interesting, witty, clever, or, as in the case below, honest.
I'm halfway through So Much for That by Lionel Shriver, and, no surprise, I've already flipped to the back and read her "thank-yous." And, I loved this:
"Novelists thanking spouses for their amazing patience during the agony of artistic creation gets pretty tired. Besides, I don't consider writing an agony, and my husband Jeff is not remotely patient. Yet he did furnish me one gift for which any author's gratitude is bottomless: a good title."
I'd like to know...do you read an author's Acknowledgments page?