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Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business Hardcover – Large Print, April, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series
  • Hardcover: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786203633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786203635
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,396,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Even people who don't know country music from Kaopectate know Dolly Parton, the big-in-front, big-on-top blonde with the perky, little-girl voice who seems sometimes a hick Mae West and sometimes sweeter than Little Mary Sunshine. Given her obvious assets, the tabloid crowd knows her, too, which only increases the appeal of her memoirs. Well, she's more Mary than Mae here, with plenty of vanilla-lite sex-talk and spoofing of her persona ("It costs a lot to make a person look this cheap," etc.) but nary a word about extramarital tumbles or surgical augmentation of her charms. She explains that while she does indeed sleep with longtime friend Judy Ogle, it's not, never was, what suspicious minds think. She praises husband Carl Dean every time she speaks his name, and she doesn't say anything catty about Porter Wagoner, on whose TV show she found fame in the early 1970s and with whom she famously fought. In short, Dolly's so squeaky clean and nice that a reader can't help wondering why HarperCollins wouldn't countenance advance reviews and sent out no early copies. The book contains no secrets to expose, no juice to spill. That doesn't mean it's flat--coming from Dolly, how could it be? It's an entertaining country music rags-to-riches story, full of just enough humor and heart to thoroughly charm the fans. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The inspiring, tell-it-like-it-is autobiography of one of America's best-loved stars, who tells the rags-to-riches story of her life as only she can -- with honesty, insight and an unfailing sense of humor.

Here, for the first time, Parton talks openly about her life -- both public and private. She reveals how she got to where she is today, her no-nonsense attitude and the down-home philosophy that has helped her from the start. Whether discussing her sense of style, her inability to have children, the music she loves so much, her unique marriage or her friendships with other stars, Parton is amazingly candid, incredibly warm, wise and funny, proving over and over again why she is so loved.

In this refreshing, candid and heartfelt autobiography, Parton reveals the woman behind the superstar, who still considers herself a simple girl from the country. It is a book that millions of readers have been waiting for. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Customer Reviews

Dolly is so awesome and so honest, very very good read!
Carmen Y. Kennedy
When I finished it, I just wanted to hug her and tell her that she's done good.
Laurie Anne Paul
It's hard to lay the book down when you start reading it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Anne Paul on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I moved here to Pigeon Forge, TN about five years ago. I live five minutes from DollyWood, and Dolly is everywhere here. Her book gave me a chance to find out just why this woman is so beloved in this area. She grew up with no money, in a cash poor rural area,and has never lost sight of her roots. She talks about being a teenager, never being able to get her hair big enough or "yaller" enough, and about dreaming of stardom. I've had the pleasure of attending a live concert, held in her suprisingly intimate Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood, and the woman speaking so candidly in her book, is the same girl giggling and having fun onstage. When I finished it, I just wanted to hug her and tell her that she's done good. She's done amazing things in her hometown,and they appreciate her.
Interesting sidenote, there's a statue of Dolly in the yard outside the courthouse here in Sevier County. Not glamourous,or fancy, it portrays a pretty country girl, in her jeans and man's shirt, playing a guitar and singing. Best picture of Miss Dolly I ever saw:)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Fantina on November 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Five minutes of fame has now become enough to justify penning one's self-serving autobiography. Fortunately, Dolly Parton's 30+year career is suitable for book-length, and she avoids the standard celebrity tell-all fare in favor of interesting vignettes.
Her life is a Cinderella-story that would put any fairy-godmother to shame. Her interesting existence commenced with a delivery paid via a pig since her farming parents were short on cash. From such humble beginnings she went to become one of the richest women in the world. Tantalizing tidbits about her fellow country singers and some Hollywood hotshots pepper the pages, as do tales that illumine life amidst a large Appalachian family. She has often described her brood as "only financially poor" and that positive attitude not only permeates the book, she portrays such a blessed childhood that the allegation rings completely true.
Thankfully avoiding the gory details of typical star bios (think Cybil Shepherd Whoopi Goldberg, etc.), Dolly realizes there are some facts that fans need not know. Her boasted Christianity is practiced with a few question marks, and some facets of her life do appear curious. Still she succeeds in presenting just enough (but never too much) of the private side of her ultra-public persona.
Readers see how she has lived out many of the lyrics of her enumerable self-penned country songs. Upon completion of this autobiography many will return it to their bookshelves softly singing "In My Tennessee Mountain Home."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Peters on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Parton writes a story as well as a song. You'd think it was your best friend sitting right next to you telling you her life; with plenty of kindness and humor thrown in.
Even if you're not a country music fan, this book is a wonderfully entertaining and funny account of a womans rise from a cabin with "2 rooms and a path" to wealth, while maintaining the values and beliefs she was raised with.
Her storytelling kept me laughing out loud!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamieson Villeneuve on June 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Put simply, I LOVE this book! I've just finished reading it for the second time and it's even better than it was the first time.

I read it when it first came out in 1994 and was so jazzed to find it a few weeks ago in a used bookstore. I had a few other things to read before I picked up Dolly, but now that I have, I don't want it to end!

I can't say enough good and great and amazing things about this biography. She wrote it herself and it's honest, down to earth and funny as all get out. Because of it, I even added some more Dolly Parton CD's to my music collection and it was a very much needed trip down memory lane.

Thanks, Dolly, for such an amazing, revealing look at what makes you tick. Now, what I want to know is: when is your next book coming out. :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is really wonderful, I love all the parts about Dolly's childhood.This book is like a friend to you. Once you begin to read it, you can't put it down until you've finished at least three chapters.Dolly puts plenty of love, emotion and humor into this, and i have found it a terrific read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lf123dlyfn@aol.com on March 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dolly Parton has graced us with more tlalent than any other performer to walk the planet! Dolly has always showed that down home attitude while fighting Hollywood sharks and much of that is diplsyed in this book. Dolly's husband is revealed more openly than ever before as is her emotional side. You learn about many people that have been inspirational to her. NO GOSSIP though. That has good and bad points.

This book is outstanding, it's only flaw is that Dolly didn't want to leave any friends out so she mentions all of them. BRIEFLY!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Jamieson on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
As you would expect (if you're a fan of her songwriting) Dolly gives you the picture of her life in an honest, straightforward and sometimes amusing manner. Through tales of her own misdeeds and beliefs while growing up in a family that she admits didn't always play well together, she looks at her memories and can see how they shaped her into the performer that she always wanted to be. The little girl who loved to dream, make up her own songs and read everything she could get her hands on did get to be the center of attention as a much-loved entertainer, a shrewd and proficient businesswoman and a ceaseless humanitarian.
But through it all she remained the caring, considerate person she had been raised to be. The rough little stone truly did prove to be a shining diamond; sparkling, tough as nails and valuable to the fans who love her for the beauty that shines from within. There's no one like Dolly!
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