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In concerts, movies and on TV, Dolly Parton's singing and honest-to-God personality has charmed millions. She has never before talked openly about her life, until now. In her unique Tennessee twang, Dolly tells her rags-to-riches story, as only she can--with integrity, insight and her unfailing sense of humor. 32 pages of photos.


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In concerts, movies and on TV, Dolly Parton's singing and honest-to-God personality has charmed millions. She has never before talked openly about her life, until now. In her unique Tennessee twang, Dolly tells her rags-to-riches story, as only she can--with integrity, insight and her unfailing sense of humor. 32 pages of photos.

30 review for Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    i picked this book up (for $2 at a book sale) for two reasons: 1. i am addicted to trashy celebrity biographies 2. the song "9 to 5" has made me dance in the shower more times than any other song will ever hope to. and after reading it, i am telling you, with no sense of irony whatsoever, that this book is 1. one of the best books i have ever read 2. by far the best memoir. i don't care who you are, you will take something positive from this book. It is spiritual, simple, wise, hilarious, uplifting. i picked this book up (for $2 at a book sale) for two reasons: 1. i am addicted to trashy celebrity biographies 2. the song "9 to 5" has made me dance in the shower more times than any other song will ever hope to. and after reading it, i am telling you, with no sense of irony whatsoever, that this book is 1. one of the best books i have ever read 2. by far the best memoir. i don't care who you are, you will take something positive from this book. It is spiritual, simple, wise, hilarious, uplifting. It left me feeling hopeful and looking forward to the future. It made me laugh. It made my fiance laugh when I reread some of the stories to him. Unfortunately, it also made a lot of people laugh when i told them i was reading it. and that's a shame. because i know dolly parton is somewhat of a caricature. but honestly (and you will figure this out if you read the book), people see her as a caricature precisely because that's how she wants it to be. the image she presents to the public is very deliberate, but most of all very genuine. she is completely and totally true to herself; if you see her as a big boobed, big haired, makeup wearing hick, well honey, that's how it's supposed to be--because that's who she is. just make sure you don't forget about her music and her personality, because that's also who she is. and also make sure you give her credit where credit is due, because she deserves a ton of it. case in point: “Early next morning [after high school graduation:] I boarded a Greyhound bus with my dreams, my old guitar, the songs I had written, and the rest of my belongings in a set of matching luggage---three paper bags from the same grocery store.” there were so many other gems. you want to hear more? of course you do. “Trying to weed out those few people with talent from all of that sea of dreamers is quite a job. It’s a lot like looking for four-leaf clovers, which would be easy to find if it weren’t for all of those three-leaf ones. The problem is, every one of those three-leaf clovers thinks he’s a four-leafer.” and “I suppose if it weren’t for naivete and fool-hearted, pigheaded stubbornness, nobody would ever see their dreams through." and “I had loved John Kennedy. Not in the way a woman loves a man but in the way one idealist recognizes another and loves him for that place within themselves that they share.” and my personal favorite: “There are times when I feel like saying something like, ‘Why don’t you get out of my face, you ugly woman. And take those bratty kids with you!’ But at times like that I usually get all flustered. I get confused and say stupid stuff like ‘Kiss my ass, that’s what you are. And don’t think I can’t do it!’” loved. this. book. five million gajillion stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I entered into this buddy read with no preconceived notions about Dolly Parton. I have listened to her sing and I enjoyed her songs. I have seen her moves and enjoyed them as well. Other than knowing she was born in the mountains and had a lot of brothers and sisters, I didn't know too much about her, or her journey through her life and career. Listening to My Life and Other Unfinished Business has been so enlightening. Dolly Parton is open and bluntly willing to speak her mind. She talks about I entered into this buddy read with no preconceived notions about Dolly Parton. I have listened to her sing and I enjoyed her songs. I have seen her moves and enjoyed them as well. Other than knowing she was born in the mountains and had a lot of brothers and sisters, I didn't know too much about her, or her journey through her life and career. Listening to My Life and Other Unfinished Business has been so enlightening. Dolly Parton is open and bluntly willing to speak her mind. She talks about the hard times in her life while she was growing up poor in the mountains of Tennessee. She talks about friendships that have ended abruptly and those that have lasted her entire life. Her relationship with God is not preachy it is very uplifting. She has a real relationship with him, but she is open and loves people that do not believe exactly as she does. She is willing to share her beliefs and they are very important to her. She talks about her relationship with her husband and addresses many of the rumors and gossip that they have faced in their marriage. She talks of her husband with respect and love. Humor is a large part of her personality. She sees great humor in herself and her life. She gives joy and finds joy in what she does. There is so much more to this woman than I ever knew. I am glad I listened to this audio book. It has enriched my life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    This was a great autobiography read by the author. Dolly was so funny in her life. She started as a share cropper's daughter in TN. She was the forth child of twelve. She had a dream of stardom and followed that dream. I highly recommend this book to all. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Today, most celebrity biographies are ghostwritten --and it shows. They could almost be written using a Mad Libs sheet, just filling in the relevant details for the star in question. Dolly wrote this book herself, and her singular voice just shines. Anyone who has heard her on a talk show (or listened to her music) won't be surprised to learn that she's a fine storyteller. She says that God, sex and music are the three big things in her life (though after reading the book, I'd wager that food is a Today, most celebrity biographies are ghostwritten --and it shows. They could almost be written using a Mad Libs sheet, just filling in the relevant details for the star in question. Dolly wrote this book herself, and her singular voice just shines. Anyone who has heard her on a talk show (or listened to her music) won't be surprised to learn that she's a fine storyteller. She says that God, sex and music are the three big things in her life (though after reading the book, I'd wager that food is a close fourth), and she has plenty to say about them all. It's worth noting that she never mentions religion in a way that is anything other than inclusive and non-judgmental of all people. If she ever quit music, her second career could be as a comedienne. I'll remember a lot of these lines for the rest of my life. For example, when Kermit performed on her TV show, a crew member joked that it was amazing he could sing like that with a guy's hand up his ass. Dolly topped him by retorting (I paraphrase): "So what? I did the same thing for seven years on the Porter Wagoner show." Dolly dances around her relationship with Wagoner, but a lot of truth comes out in lines like the above. A question and answer section comes at the end of the book, with Dolly addressing common fan queries about things like rumored lesbianism, her husband Carl Dean and her weight. She trashes the idea of weight gain being related to deep-rooted psychological issues. ("I didn't get fat because my Mama slapped me when I was five. I gained weight because I'm a damn hog.") If you already love her, you'll love her more, and if you don't, you will by the time she talks about sharing a bed with siblings who peed in the night.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    I die. This book is the antidote for cool. Anyone who thought there was any point in maintaining distanced hipness or stoic cool will probably be reminded by this book that they're full of shit and life is too special for it. Dolly's stories are fucking adorable and chaste in a rather disarming way, and makes the mind wander away from pleasure seeking and towards seeking yourself and your dreams and what makes you truly happy. Yes it's corny as fuck, and perhaps not every lesson should be taken t I die. This book is the antidote for cool. Anyone who thought there was any point in maintaining distanced hipness or stoic cool will probably be reminded by this book that they're full of shit and life is too special for it. Dolly's stories are fucking adorable and chaste in a rather disarming way, and makes the mind wander away from pleasure seeking and towards seeking yourself and your dreams and what makes you truly happy. Yes it's corny as fuck, and perhaps not every lesson should be taken to heart (e.g. Get lots of plastic surgery and be obsessed with your tits), but some of them are essential stuff that your shitty kid-self was too lazy to learn. I admit to being a huge fan of Dolly's music and persona, but I really think anyone could get something out of this gem. She can ramble a bit, but literary perfection is not to be expected. If you can resist Dolly there may be something wrong with you. xo

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette (Again)

    I read this one twice! It's just fun and easy to read. Her Southern humor is simple and refreshing, and she tells a good story without getting bogged down in details as so many autobigraphies tend to do.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    I read this book a long time ago, so it's hard to remember the details, but parts of it still stick with me- that's how memorable they are. I don't think I've read another autobiography that I thoroughly enjoyed so much. Dolly's personality shines through every word she writes; it feels like you're sitting next to her hearing her share her life story. Amidst all the current emotional wrecks that constitute a celebrity today, Dolly is a beautiful example of a woman who knows exactly who she is, kn I read this book a long time ago, so it's hard to remember the details, but parts of it still stick with me- that's how memorable they are. I don't think I've read another autobiography that I thoroughly enjoyed so much. Dolly's personality shines through every word she writes; it feels like you're sitting next to her hearing her share her life story. Amidst all the current emotional wrecks that constitute a celebrity today, Dolly is a beautiful example of a woman who knows exactly who she is, knows what she believes in, and has a healthy and happy outlook on life. It's a joy to read, and I recommend it to anyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I have always been a huge fan of Dolly and found her very fascinating. I hate to admit that I was a little disappointed when I read her biography. She comes off as a little selfish and conceited. When I got to the part where she talks about her "diet" and that she chews her food and spits it out, I couldn't bring myself to read anymore. I think that would qualify as an eating disorder and not set a very good example for her young fans. I liked the beginning of the book, however when she talks wh I have always been a huge fan of Dolly and found her very fascinating. I hate to admit that I was a little disappointed when I read her biography. She comes off as a little selfish and conceited. When I got to the part where she talks about her "diet" and that she chews her food and spits it out, I couldn't bring myself to read anymore. I think that would qualify as an eating disorder and not set a very good example for her young fans. I liked the beginning of the book, however when she talks what it was like being raised in a poor family of 12 in the hills of Tennesse. The first part kept me entertained, but I struggled with the last half of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    juicy brained intellectual

    dolly parton is forever fabulous, amazing, etc. i admire her honesty and her sense of humor. some other dude said it best: "if you don't like Dolly Parton I guess you're just an asshole." also lol @ someone describing her as coming off as conceited and selfish. it's her autobiography, for fuck's sake. if ever there was a time to be selfish, it would be now. that said, i do disagree; she seems to never have forgotten where she came from and she gives back to her family, friends, and community. th dolly parton is forever fabulous, amazing, etc. i admire her honesty and her sense of humor. some other dude said it best: "if you don't like Dolly Parton I guess you're just an asshole." also lol @ someone describing her as coming off as conceited and selfish. it's her autobiography, for fuck's sake. if ever there was a time to be selfish, it would be now. that said, i do disagree; she seems to never have forgotten where she came from and she gives back to her family, friends, and community. there's a reason this is under my 'my queen' shelf.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Anyone who knows me, knows I adore Dolly Parton with my whole heart. I just love everything she stands for, she’s just always so positive! I’m so happy I got the opportunity to read this book it was so enlightening to be able to read each page of Dolly’s life and hear about all the challenges that has occurred in her life and she has gotten through every single one! What is more that I have loved is how she fought for her dreams of being a singer! She was truly born to be a performer! I definite Anyone who knows me, knows I adore Dolly Parton with my whole heart. I just love everything she stands for, she’s just always so positive! I’m so happy I got the opportunity to read this book it was so enlightening to be able to read each page of Dolly’s life and hear about all the challenges that has occurred in her life and she has gotten through every single one! What is more that I have loved is how she fought for her dreams of being a singer! She was truly born to be a performer! I definitely would read this again the way she writes about her life was so lovely to read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Corinna

    I ❤️ Dolly and this was a fun read! But please do not heed her diet or plastic surgery advice. Yikes!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Char

    I really, really loved the first 1/4 of this book and it's Little-House-on-the-Prairie-ness. Then Dolly started name dropping and she didn't stop. The last half of the book is like a Hollywood yellowpages. The last chapter of the book, she actually name drops every doctor that's ever done plastic surgery on her. It was ridiculous. I would have given it one star, but I did really like the beginning.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)

    For me, Dolly is a national treasure. I love her honesty, her openness and her folksy humor. Inspired by her memoir, I've watched 3 of her movies today. (Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5 and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, for those inquiring minds who may want to know). I've been a fan of Dolly's since I was a little girl and my mom played her album "Here You Come Again." If you're a Dolly fan, I'm sure you'll just love reading her story in her words (and hearing her voice in your head as you do so).

  14. 4 out of 5

    BeautifulNerd

    A great story by a great storyteller (fans of her songwriting will not be surprised to note that her way with words suffuses every page like sunshine), this book is rich with warmth and self-deprecating humour. I always suspected Dolly Parton had a heart of gold to match her locks and this time spent in her world did not disappoint.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Sanders

    interesting portrayal of Dolly Parton's life. Learned many things about her that I would prefer not to know.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Dolly Parton is a goddamned national treasure.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MundiNova

    The Devil and I certainly had one thing in common: We were both horny. Apparently Dolly Parton is like a hillbilly Marx Brother. She's a riot! Here's an example: When defending a new business venture that sells sexy lingerie, Dolly writes There are plenty of charities for the homeless, I support those too, but isn't it time someone helped the homely? Or this gem Every day I count my blessing. Then I count my money. Sadly the short quips are the best part. Dolly spends too much time talking about her The Devil and I certainly had one thing in common: We were both horny. Apparently Dolly Parton is like a hillbilly Marx Brother. She's a riot! Here's an example: When defending a new business venture that sells sexy lingerie, Dolly writes There are plenty of charities for the homeless, I support those too, but isn't it time someone helped the homely? Or this gem Every day I count my blessing. Then I count my money. Sadly the short quips are the best part. Dolly spends too much time talking about her childhood than the interesting music and Hollywood bits. Once she gets to the famous stories it's cleaned up and everyone is portrayed as upstanding and respectful humans. If there was a conflict, Dolly frames it as she must have misunderstood something and needed to grow as a person. Yeah, yeah. That's great, but it's not why anyone would read her memoir. I was hoping to learn something new, but beyond a new respect for her writing, I'm slightly disappointed. Message: 2 stars Writing/Prose: 4 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Yup. I read it. I saw someone else post about reading this not long ago and thought, I bet that's interesting. I had to find it on eBay! I have to admit, I ate this book up. I'm a sucker for biographies. I love the story of hard work and perseverance and rejection, etc in every one I read. We only see the success so often and not the journey. Now, Dollys book.....well, first of all you'll read the whole thing with a twang. I appreciated her stories from the backwoods of Tennessee. I noted throug Yup. I read it. I saw someone else post about reading this not long ago and thought, I bet that's interesting. I had to find it on eBay! I have to admit, I ate this book up. I'm a sucker for biographies. I love the story of hard work and perseverance and rejection, etc in every one I read. We only see the success so often and not the journey. Now, Dollys book.....well, first of all you'll read the whole thing with a twang. I appreciated her stories from the backwoods of Tennessee. I noted through out the book that she named A LOT of people. This struck me as her way of show appreciation to everyone that helped her on her way. She discussed her rise to fame, the hardships of fame, plastic surgery, diets, "adopting" her siblings, etc..... I loved this book. I guess because she's just unapologetically her. I don't agree with it all, but I love a person saying, "this is me."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was fun. I literally laughed out loud at a few parts. This woman has a wonderful sense of humor and takes what life has thrown at her. What a beautiful spirit. Finally discovered what the song Jolene was all about.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    From my blog Tea & Virginia Woolf Before Bedtime "She's a sparrow when she's broken but she's an eagle when she flies." - Dolly Parton Recommended Tea: Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion One day, my mama and I decided that we had an itch, and the only way to solve it was to go antiquin'. So, we hit up what is locally known as "the antique district," about four or five huge shops in a row, full of everything you can imagine (and lots of things that you can't). In every single one of these store From my blog Tea & Virginia Woolf Before Bedtime "She's a sparrow when she's broken but she's an eagle when she flies." - Dolly Parton Recommended Tea: Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion One day, my mama and I decided that we had an itch, and the only way to solve it was to go antiquin'. So, we hit up what is locally known as "the antique district," about four or five huge shops in a row, full of everything you can imagine (and lots of things that you can't). In every single one of these stores was at least one copy of Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, Dolly Parton's autobiography. I'm not kidding. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Not only that, there were Dolly dolls, Dolly posters, Dolly cardboard cutouts, and Dolly PLATES. My immediate reaction was to laugh. And, of course, to take pictures so that people would believe me. Never before had I realized what an important role Dolly plays in Southern culture, especially in Tennessee. She grew up in the Tennessee mountains, dirt poor, struggling to make it day to day - just like my own grandmother. In Tennessee, she's not just "Dolly," she's "OUR Dolly." But then, had I forgotten what an important role Dolly played in my own childhood? I had a framed, autographed (and personalized!) poster of her over my bed. I dressed up like her (complete with the pillows in the dress) almost daily. I recorded her TV specials on the VCR. One of my very first memories is me, in our kitchen, wearing tap shoes, dancing to "9 to 5" and "Here You Come Again." To me, Dolly represented everything glamorous - beauty, confidence, talent, femininity, womanhood. Cinderella Schminderella - give me Dolly! How strange to find myself at 23 wanting to emulate her all over again. We've all heard some of her infamous quotes - about how it costs a lot of money to look so cheap, how she left the mountains but took two mountains with her. I admit, I approached her autobiography with some reservations, fearing it would be sentence after sentence of gags like this (not that I don't appreciate a good gag). But I was so pleasantly surprised to find that in those pages, and in the heart of this woman, you find wisdom, humility, genuine love for others, and talent. This is a woman who knows who she is and isn't afraid to be exactly that. Who knows her strengths, knows her flaws, and isn't afraid to be blunt and honest about either. Who is so passionate about what she does that every single ounce of her energy is dedicated to honoring, furthering, and perfecting her craft. To put it bluntly, this is a woman with big boobs and even bigger balls. I found out that all of those things that I believed to be true about her when I was 4 are - shocker - actually true. How many celebrities can we say that about? If nothing else, the book is worth reading just to hear her talk about calling Sylvester Stallone an, and I quote, "ungrateful son of a bitch," when he wouldn't help a homeless man who was cold and hungry. Later, after Dolly's talkin-to, Stallone went back to the man, gave him some food and some money, and told Dolly, "you were right." Putting Rambo in his place!? What did I tell you - BALLS! Now, at 23, I want to be like Dolly more than ever before. And you can bet that I regret not buying that Dolly plate when I had the chance.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    I'm not much a fan of country music and there are a select few country singers that I even like. Dolly Parton is one of them. I grew up listening to her music, watching her movies. My parents even took me to Dollywood a few times and I was always hoping that maybe she would be there that day so I could meet her. I've never met her, but I can still hope to meet her one day. I only know what I've read online about Dolly Parton, but her book is a whole another experience. Really, she is an amazing a I'm not much a fan of country music and there are a select few country singers that I even like. Dolly Parton is one of them. I grew up listening to her music, watching her movies. My parents even took me to Dollywood a few times and I was always hoping that maybe she would be there that day so I could meet her. I've never met her, but I can still hope to meet her one day. I only know what I've read online about Dolly Parton, but her book is a whole another experience. Really, she is an amazing and inspiring woman. She knew what she wanted and got it. That is inspiring and I respect her for going after her dreams no matter what anyone said. Reading about her childhood was really interesting and very funny. I can't tell you how many times I laughed throughout this book. Dolly really has a wonderful sense of humor. I liked reading about her husband and it seems like they have a great relationship and really love each other. Dolly really shines in this book, as you read it, you can almost hear her voice and laugh as she wrote all the crazy things that went on in her life. And her relationship with the Great Spirit (God) was a very interesting read. I didn't expect her to have beliefs similar to mine and the books she has read are definitely ones that I'd read. Honestly, I tend to not like books that talk about God too much, as they tend to be preachy and basically tell you what to believe. Dolly doesn't do that. She just talks about her beliefs and what the Great Spirit (God) has done for her life. She accepts everyone no matter what their beliefs and that's really nice to read she is like that. Dolly is definitely honest in this book and I really like that. The book was really a good read and I know so much more about Dolly Parton than I did before. I still hope to meet her one day and hopefully, she will write another book too. If she does, you can bet I'll read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wick

    I picked up this autobiography because Dolly Parton has always held a particularly strong place in my heart. I'm not a big country music fan outside of Dolly and a few other notable female singers but her story of growing up in a rural area and becoming who she is today is one that I find fascinating. I especially share her sense of (perhaps overly)stylized view of what beauty means. I read a lot of memoirs and Dolly's was one of the more entertaining ones. She does very well writing with her ow I picked up this autobiography because Dolly Parton has always held a particularly strong place in my heart. I'm not a big country music fan outside of Dolly and a few other notable female singers but her story of growing up in a rural area and becoming who she is today is one that I find fascinating. I especially share her sense of (perhaps overly)stylized view of what beauty means. I read a lot of memoirs and Dolly's was one of the more entertaining ones. She does very well writing with her own particularly charming language and through most of the book I found myself reading it in her voice. It was a revelation to me how incredibly poor she was growing up and I found her early years incredibly fascinating. The support from her family and the drive that she had were monumental to be able to accomplish the goals that she set. It is clear that loyalty is a key issue in Dolly's life. While she offers brief glimpses into many topics that are frequently questioned (family life, fidelity, eating disorders, professional conflicts), I found that much was learned by what she didn't say. Their are clues laced throughout the autobiography but very few direct answers to these frequent questions about her life. Read carefully and you will notice that many of these questions are actually answered but in very astutely worded ways. Dolly, for as simple as her philosophies on life can be, is obviously incredibly intelligent and wouldn't have gotten where she is without an incredibly business savvy and some incredible talents. (Not even including the two most frequently discussed talents she possesses.) "They think I’m simpleminded because I seem to be happy. Why shouldn’t I be happy? I have everything I ever wanted and more. Maybe I am simpleminded. Maybe that’s the key: simple."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "There might be a safety pin in the nose, but there's a hillbilly in the heart." I can't say that I was ever obsessed with Dolly. What got me into this queen was the book Dumplin'. Plus size gal who adored Dolly and strutted her stuff to her songs. Sold! I instantly became a fan and started singing her songs all over the house. Pretty sure my husband was sick of me. And all I had to say was... "They let you dream, Just to watch 'em shatter, You're just a step, On the boss-man's ladder And if D "There might be a safety pin in the nose, but there's a hillbilly in the heart." I can't say that I was ever obsessed with Dolly. What got me into this queen was the book Dumplin'. Plus size gal who adored Dolly and strutted her stuff to her songs. Sold! I instantly became a fan and started singing her songs all over the house. Pretty sure my husband was sick of me. And all I had to say was... "They let you dream, Just to watch 'em shatter, You're just a step, On the boss-man's ladder And if Dumplin' didn't grasp your soul, then her Coat of Many Colors did. With love in your heart and ugly tears streaming down your face, you were sold of that ol' gal. She has lead one hell of an incredible life. Letting no one stand in her way and not letting words stop her. Growing up in a very poor community, people picked on her and made her feel that what she appreciated wasn't enough. She pushed on and overcame with her head held high and love in her heart. Not even the devil could touch that with a ten foot pole. All through her life she suffered from criticism and sexism, but with the bright light in ths sky licking upon her shoulders, she had nothing to lose. From a young age she knew she was destined to be a somebody and not just a lazy housewife popping out ten kids. This autobiography was not one to mess with and will sweep you on your ass. She put her heart and soul out for the world to see and wants only your love and support in return. And if it's hatred you want to spread, then lets get the bread out. If you're looking for an uplifting memior, look no further. And if you need all the D's, you have arrived at the right place.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Just started this...but I do love her. Dolly has a very pragmatic and fun-loving sense of humor. She has no flies on her either. Love the story about her getting lost in the woods, finding the cow at night, hanging on to its collar for dear life, and finally making it back to civilization with some scratches to boot. Dolly is a great book for a good laugh and some home-grown philosophy. She is a peach. As she goes along, I get the impression she is not easy to live with and that she sleeps with Just started this...but I do love her. Dolly has a very pragmatic and fun-loving sense of humor. She has no flies on her either. Love the story about her getting lost in the woods, finding the cow at night, hanging on to its collar for dear life, and finally making it back to civilization with some scratches to boot. Dolly is a great book for a good laugh and some home-grown philosophy. She is a peach. As she goes along, I get the impression she is not easy to live with and that she sleeps with other people besides her husband Carl. She does not apologize for this either. She is all about her stardom and after a while it gets less interesting. I have a few pages left. Wonder what will happen with the makeup and hair will not cover the aging process? Depression or tuning into those long suffering husband and friends of hers. I still like her a great deal even knowing the flaws. Finished the book and Dolly gets into the "God" business in the end. Gets a bit mushy as she notes herself. Whatever it is that drives Dolly, she is her own self and very witty and an A personality if I have ever encountered one. A very good read indeed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rusty Rector

    Well..if you are a Dolly Parton fan, this is THE best source of information on the Country diva herself. Very touching, heartfelt writing (as we would expect from Dolly). While Dolly doesn't really reveal anything new or "scandalous" about herself, it is still fascinating to hear about her journey from humble beginnings to the star she has become today. I also highly recommend getting the book on tape for this one...Dolly herself narrates, and it is great!!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    DeniseF

    I have always liked Dolly Parton and enjoyed seeing her interviewed on tv but I really didn't like this book. It was not edited well (there were a lot of typos) and it was just very slow moving. Some of the stories she told about her childhood were really cute but for the most part I just could not get into this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    If anyone needs a pick me up inspirational life story filled with straight joy and laughter, Read this!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Mcpharlin

    I could not put this down! Such an amazing life story and extremely honest and heartfelt!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    I don't know how anyone can read this and not totally love her!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Love this book. Love Dolly Parton.

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