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7 Best Dolly Parton Books (2024)

Best Dolly Parton Books ReviewBio

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on the 19th of January, 1946 in Locust Ridge, situated in Tennessee. Broadly speaking, Dolly was an American country music singer, an avid guitarist, an actress, and even a writer. Most prominently, she’s known for pioneering how the music styles country and pop are looked upon.

Dolly grew up in a poverty-stricken farming family, with her other 11 siblings. She was the fourth eldest. Displaying a penchant and a singular zeal for music at a very early age, she was even featured as a singer on local radio in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Best Dolly Parton Books


In the year of 1964, Dolly made a decision right after graduating high school, and went to live in Nashville, with the intention of getting a career in music. Like we already mentioned, Dolly was associated with a number of activities, ranging from stage and screen activities, to radio. Parton, in 1986, founded and opened Dollywood, a theme park. The park itself was focused around the Great Smoky Mountains, located in the eastern regions of Tennessee.

A few years later, she formed the Dollywood Foundation. It was an organization with the idea in mind of inspiring and educating the youngest of us, the children. In 1994, Dolly’s autobiography found its place on bookshelves – Dolly: My life and Other Unfinished Business. It became a best seller in the United States of America, and it is one of Dolly Parton’s best books.



Picture of Her Life

Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business is an interesting, oftentimes inspiring autobiography of Dolly Parton, America’s famed singer, guitarist and now, writer. She paints the picture of her life, through ups and through downs, and she does this while remaining insightful, genuine and, at times, funny.

Dolly Parton uses this book as a medium to, thus making it the first time, speak about the most public and most private matters of her life. The underdog story persists here, and how she got to where she is in her life, the ideas and principles she’d taken to heart as tightrope.

Public and Private Matters

Her inability to bear children, the music she adores so, the peculiar nature of her marriage, her associations with other stars, her style, Dolly doesn’t let an exaggerating air come over.

We get to see the development of a mind, as a hasty, no-nonsense attitude morphs into a wise and witty one, showing us why she is, in fact, so loved by everyone. Her autobiography is heartfelt, and what’s revealed is the lady at the heart of a superstar. You’ll feel the notion that she still fancies herself a young, simple girl from Knoxville, Tennessee. It was, and is, a book that millions have loved.

Dream More


Deeper Principles

Expounding upon the vastly popular speech that Dolly delivered at the University of Tennessee during the commencing of the academic year, Dream More delves into the deeper, more intriguing crevices of Dolly’s intimate principles and philosophy, crafted through long years of being a singer, a songwriter, a writer, a guitarist, a performer, and a philanthropist.

Dolly goes in deep on the sky-high hopes that she thinks are ones we ought to pay attention to, of which there are four – Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and, finally, Be More. She uses all of the experience she’s accumulated from the youngest of ages, to a woman and star in bloom, from the hills of Tennessee, to the hills upon which she treads as an icon.

Passion and Intensity

Knowing that she can be meticulous about the aforementioned topics, Parton expands on them all with a passion marked by a vibrant intensity. Her advice resonates with a distinct candidness, appreciable by people needing a leisurely source of guidance – in whatever form may you necessitate it –, as the words of a businesswoman, an entertainer and a philanthropist go to the heart.

Dream More represents a candid, uplifting book meant, heartfully, to anyone interested in making that positive change in their lives, anyone with an inclination to better their future and livelihood.

Dolly Parton, Songteller


Gold Mine

This is one of Dolly Parton’s latest books that she wrote in collaboration with Robert K. Oermann. Dolly has always been a bit of an enigma, because we only know things about her that she wants to reveal. So, you best believe that I jumped on this book, excited to find out more about her remarkable life and career.

Told in her own words, Dolly explores the songs and lyrics that have defined her career, along with photos that have never before been published. This Dolly Parton book is like a little gold-mine of never-before-seen photos and personal anecdotes – no wonder it is one of her best rated!

An Icon

Dolly reveals the secrets behind 175 of her songs, taking readers with her on her journey of life. It is full of memories, personal stories and candid insights, and I promise you that this book will just make you love her more! She is truly the queen of country and pop, and after reading this it is obvious why she is such a beloved icon in America.

I loved every second of this book, it was absolutely fascinating to find out the stories behind Dolly Parton’s songs, such as the story behind “Jolene”. Dolly shares how it was inspired by a little girl that she met at a signing, whose name was so unique that Dolly repeated it over and over again so she wouldn’t forget it. I cannot recommend this book enough; you would be missing out if you don’t give it a read!

Coat of Many Colors


Onset of Winter

Coat of Many Colors is a children’s book, meant for the ages between four and eight. It’s about the onset of winter in the author’s home of Tennessee, where a small girl’s mother is without the funds to buy the child a coat, so she opts to sew one out of her own rags.

The child, in the blissful pride that only a child can carry, wears it proudly, and when her coevals start making fun of her, a hasty, efficient lesson is what follows. The highly infectious, yet all the more genuine air imbued in all of Parton’s projects, is ever present in the endearing picture book, the first of Dolly’s.


We’ve mentioned the work of Parton as a performer, but also as a philanthropist and humanitarian. Her endeavors in founding the Dollywood Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the support of children at the heart of its missions and being an honorary chairperson at the Robert F. Thomas Foundation – which gives aid to the Dolly Parton Wellness and Rehabilitation Center –, have no doubt been inspiring for Dolly and are likely the reasons for why she made the story for this particular book.

Being a picture book, Dolly after having made the general outline of the story, worked along with Judith Sutton, an illustrator with many years under her belt, especially in the field concerning to children and together they made Coat of Many Colors. Additionally, Sutton is the illustrator of The Secret Garden Paper Dolls, another work popular with children.

Run Rose Run


Greatest Collaboration

Now this is a collaboration that got me very excited. Queen Dolly Parton, a beloved singer, writing a book with James Patterson, one of the greatest storytellers of all time? Sign me up! And of course, they come together to combine their strengths: mystery, thrillers and a story about a young singer/songwriter on the rise, determined to do whatever it takes to make her dream a reality.

As we all know, every song has a story to tell, and it is no different for those that AnnieLee Keyes writes. She is a mysterious character, whose past we don’t know much about. As time goes on, AnnieLee’s past is revealed; where she comes from and what she is escaping from.

On The Run

AnnieLee is a star on the rise and all her songs point to a difficult past, one that people don’t quite understand. One thing that is clear from the get-go is that AnnieLee is running from something. She ends up in Nashville, determined to claim her destiny of becoming a superstar. What she doesn’t realize, is that this might be the exact place where darkness finds her, and her past catches up to her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this new book from Dolly Parton, and it shows how her writing talents are not limited to just songs. The secondary characters are so good, and AnnieLee is the underdog that we all root for! I did read this book, but I have seen so many good reviews about the audio book (which features Dolly herself), so if you’re more inclined to listen, then do it!

I Am a Rainbow


Merry and Sweet

Another children’s book crafted by Dolly Parton, I Am a Rainbow is a striking work, like many of Dolly’s works are, and, in fact, like Dolly herself very much is. A merry, sweet sunlight pervades Dolly and all of her books, and, trust us, this is one of the best books by Dolly Parton.

Direct, funny writing goes into each of the rhymes that readers will be enthusiastic to sing. We are presented the notion that the world consists of colors, and that we can utilize these same colors to speak of, describe and ‘color’ the landscape surrounding us, and the landscape inside of us – our innate emotions. A clear, concise example of the rhymes to which we are introduced is the following one: When I’m tickled pink, it means I’m feeling dandy.

Fervent Passion

We can note that the metaphor in work here isn’t world-building, or even one to write home about, but it suits the audience it goes after with a fervent passion, and that is what Dolly was after.

Another example is:

So, remember as you go,

from hue to hue,

that each and every person

has feelings too.

World of Empathy

Parton speaks about how important the introduction and induction into the world of empathy is for a child. Controlling yourself, your tantrums and feelings is something she rhymes here:

It’s not always up to you,

the way you feel.

But how you act,

is a different deal.

Bold Illustrations

The bold illustrations of Sheffield go hand in hand with the blissful message present here. The book glows and glimmers with the heartwarming pursuits of the storyteller.

Dolly on Dolly


Nobody Knows Dolly Like Dolly

Dolly, herself, was right on the dot with her proclamation that – ‘Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly‘. The same theme of this being a rags-to-riches story present in her autobiography is here, too. What’s different is that this one speaks on all the different venues with which Dolly filled the space in her free time.

An impoverished childhood in the Smoky Mountains was the spark that lit the fire in Dolly’s mind, the fire that glowed and burned for years and decades as Dolly reached superstardom, and then gave back to the same people that helped her, and to the ones just like her – after all, Dolly thought herself the same child of Tennessee, even when she made it big.

Queen of Country Music

Having sold way beyond a hundred million records, worldwide, the Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton, makes another worthwhile entry into the shelf of her best books. She climbed pretty much any mountain she ever tried to conquer – music, theatre, film, television, publishing, theme parks, you name it. The story of how she came to Nashville, over fifty years in the past, has been told in a few manners, but never quite like this.

Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton is a collection of interviews. These same interviews are from five different, separate decades, and they boast content from publications like Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and even Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Included are even interviews never before seen in print.

Adorable Mind

A worthwhile and interesting read for anyone interested in the adorable mind of Dolly Rebecca Parton. Having a net worth north of five-hundred million, and having been the wealthiest country-music singer in 1998, and a multitude of other ventures, Dolly has had a wonderful life. Read about it.

Alissa Wynn

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