Actress Diane Keaton has no idea why she is included in the acknowledgments of Jonathan Santlofer's book, The Killing Art. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the ever growing page of thank yous that now even grace novels.
“Across the publishing world, acknowledgments sections are exploding, as authors cite the names -- particularly famous names -- of anyone who had a passing interest in the work or, in some cases, didn't even know about it. One new 248-page novel lists 96 people in the acknowledgments, roughly the equivalent of one name for every 2½ pages of text.”
Frankly, acknowledgements are the first things I turn to.