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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parton herself is the first to admit that being asked to speak at a university commencement was one of the most unlikely performances of her career. As a child of poverty from a small town in eastern Tennessee, Parton’s formal education ended at high school. That was fine with her, for she had bigger dreams, and the stuff of those dreams is what fueled her career and inspired her remarks to the University of Tennessee graduating class of 2009. Parton’s message was simple: dream more, learn more, care more, be more. Realizing that there is, indeed, more to be said about each topic, Parton now expands upon her well-received commencement address, providing examples from her down-and-out childhood as well as her illustrious career as an entertainer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. As unassuming and genuine, vibrant and outrageous as the woman herself, Parton’s advice resonates with a sincerity that can be appreciated by graduating students or anyone seeking a comfortable source of inspiration and guidance. --Carol Haggas

About the Author

Dolly Parton is one of the biggest stars of country music and one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Known as “The Queen of Country Music,” she has sold more than 100 million records. She has starred in a wide array of movies, and has won eight Grammys and been nominated for two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and an Emmy.

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I gave this book as a gift to a graduate.
Thomas W Moore Jr
An excellent book for all of us to read, "Dream More" is all Dolly and she wants all of us (and not just her hardcore fanbase!
Terrance Richard
The book was very uplifting and has funny questions/answers Dolly style at the end.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Leslie VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dolly Parton shares her philosophy on life in her new book based on a commencement speech that she gave to graduating students at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Now she expands on her beliefs and urges readers to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.

Written in a conversational style with much humor and wit, Dolly offers her words of wisdom and advice gained over a lifetime of achievement. Her biggest wish is for people to dream more and stay true to those dreams. She tells us it's alright to be a dreamer. That's where great ideas start. She confesses she has always been a dreamer, still has dreams and will never stop working. She said it would be ok to drop dead on stage doing what she loves. Yes, she said that!

Using examples from her life beginning with her childhood and growing up poor, Dolly talks about her early dreams of going to Nashville to be a star, doesn't shy away from talking about her style of big hair, tight clothes and creating an appearance she was happy with. She is so open and forthcoming it's difficult not to like her.

I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Dolly herself. Her vibrant personality and her enthusiasm for life shines through. As a bonus, she treats the listener to some of her music occasionally bursting into song on a few of the tracks. I highly recommend the audio version. You can't help feeling good when you are finished listening to this book.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dolly Parton has done, and continues to do, everything an entertainer can do: she acts, sings, is a philanthropist, produces, is a highly respected and savvy business woman, and most of all a writer. When asked many years ago what is the one thing she holds dear to her heart more than anything she has ever done it is writing. She could write songs before she could talk with her mother writing down the words to her songs when Dolly would start singing songs her mother knew were Dolly's own compositions.

Having written over 4000 songs now, an autobiography in 1994, and two children's books Dolly now has come out with "Dream More". The book is not another biography by some superstar, but Dolly's own philisophical way in leading a better and happier life. She has stated this is not book as "a way to live your life" because she has often stated in interviews it is sometimes dangerous to emulate yourself after someone else as we are all different people. Instead "Dream More" gives the reader "advice" on how Dolly, when faced with pressures of life and obstacles that were in her way at various courses in her lifetime, dealt with these issues and how she was able to overcome the sometimes hardships and difficulties in being a better and happier person.

The book got its origins in 2009 when Dolly Parton was asked to give a commencemnet speech at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she later received an Honorary Doctorate. Never being nervous before the public Dolly later admitted, "I was a nervous wreck having never talked to so many well-educated people in my life!". The speech she gave was brilliant and was very much Dolly. She gave it her all with her wit, candor and most of all her "common-sense" approach to living your life the best way she could.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GigglingPixie on November 28, 2012
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The audiobook is read by Dolly : ) It is great!!!! I love Dolly and have seen her in many interviews, but this book really gets to who she is & what she is all about...in her own words. The stories about "what makes her tick" are inspirational to everyone. Thank you for writing this book Dolly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T.B. Grant TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Dream More" By Dolly Parton
Hardcover Edition: 122 pages
Published by Putnam, 2012
Genre: Nonfiction

In this novella-length narrative, Dream More, Dolly Parton's newest nonfiction work, the world's most famous and down-to-earth and spiritual entertainer of our time, wants us to celebrate the dreamer in all of us.

The book is chaptered with Dolly's Golden Rules to be a better, richer person, her four wishes: to Dream more, Learn more, Care more, and Be more. It is a thought-provoking, brief but inspirational labor of love by Dolly Mama herself.

Chapter One: Dream More

"The Magic is inside you," Dolly says. "There ain't no crystal ball." Self-explanatory, Dolly delves into the reasons why all of us should be dreaming more, trying to reach those lofty goals, keeping a sense of wonder and imagination along the way. However, she warns, "a dream can be a nightmare if you let it turn into one." She says that by walking through life, "sleepwalking," you will not accomplish anything. Do not be afraid of failure. Take chances. And dream.

Chapter Two: Learn More

Dolly: "You're not going to see your dreams come true if you don't put wings, legs, arms, hands and feet on `em." Life requires us to take chances. When we do, we learn more about who we are, and the people around us. Dolly mentions the difficulty and challenges her father endured in life because, according to her, "My daddy never learned to read and write." She says that her father inspired her to create Imagination Library, where she helped many children learn how to read, enjoy the written word, learn more about life, and that reading is the food to help fuel a person's imagination, to grow.
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