How Many Books Has Dolly Parton Written?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Songwriting legend, humanitarian, nation music icon, and entrepreneur Dolly Parton is, naturally, well-known for her many smash-hit songs through the years. But the 74-year-old has additionally earned fairly a little bit of consideration for her distinctive life story, unflappable optimism, and lots of philanthropic efforts.

Parton has additionally earned respect and accolades for her prolific physique of labor and her unrelenting dedication to her profession. So it’s no marvel that Parton has written a whopping seven books throughout the a long time. Parton’s bibliography contains two illustrated kids’s books, a number of memoirs, and even a cookbook.

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Dolly Parton in 2017 | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

‘Just the Way I Am: Poetic Selections on Reasons to Live, Reasons to Love and Reasons to Smile from the Songs of Dolly Parton’

This 1979 ebook is the earliest in Parton’s profession. The assortment accommodates illustrated lyrics of a few of Parton’s most well-known songs on the time, in addition to authentic poetry that captures her characteristically candy, simple, and optimistic worldview.

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Dolly Parton in 1979 | Ed Caraeff/Getty Images

‘My Life and Other Unfinished Business’

My Life and Other Unfinished Business, revealed in 1994, is Parton’s first memoir. Parton tells her life story – together with loads of particulars about her rarely-seen husband, in addition to her upbringing within the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee – in her famously folksy, no-holds-barred type. The uplifting memoir gives a behind-the-scenes take a look at a few of Parton’s most well-known friendships, in addition to why she left her dwelling behind at 18 to comply with her goals.

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Dolly Parton at a ebook signing | Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection through Getty Images

‘Coat of Many Colors’

Parton’s earliest kids ebook, first revealed in 1996 and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes, relies on the nation singer’s hit music of the identical title.

Coat of Many Colors, set in rural Tennessee, tells the story of a younger Parton. Mocked and bullied by her friends for her household’s poverty, younger Dolly is embarrassed at first when her mom stitches her a winter coat out of scrap cloth. But she learns an vital lesson alongside the best way concerning the significance of gratitude.

This ebook is a frequent decide for lecturers, particularly in preschools and kindergartens, who need to educate children concerning the hurt of bullying. 

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Dolly Parton in 2015 | Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

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‘Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food’ 

Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s, Parton’s 2006 cookbook, options over 125 recipes – most impressed by Parton’s upbringing within the mountains of jap Tennessee. In addition to recipes handed down from her mother, Avie Lee Parton, and her mother-in-law, Mama “Ginny” Dean, Parton features a few of her personal southern staples, reminiscent of her well-known banana pudding.

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Dolly Parton in 2006 | RICH SCHMITT/AFP through Getty Images

‘I Am a Rainbow’

Parton’s second kids’s ebook, I Am a Rainbow (revealed in 2009 and illustrated by Heather Sheffield), is an image ebook that explores the colourful world of children’ feelings. The vibrant, daring illustrations convey a message of empathy and understanding through a “rainbow” of emotions.

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Dolly Parton on the 2007 UK launch for Imagination Library | Pool/Getty Images

‘Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You’

Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You, Parton’s inspiring 2012 bestseller, relies on her graduation speech of the identical title, delivered on the University of Tennessee in 2009. In this ebook, Parton outlines her philosophy of life – “dream more, learn more, care more, and be more” – in her regular optimistic type.

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Dolly Parton in ‘9 to 5’ | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

‘Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics’

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics – revealed in 2020 and written by Parton alongside Robert Ok. Oermann – is Parton’s newest memoir, this time organized across the residing legend’s most vital legacy: her music. Each chapter offers behind-the-scenes information about one in every of Parton’s songs, from “Jolene” and “Islands in the Stream” to “I Will Always Love You” and “9 to 5.” The ebook can also be peppered with never-before-seen images and memorabilia from Parton’s prolonged profession.

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