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Who Is Dolly Parton?

Synopsis : "Born in a little cabin in Tennessee, Dolly Parton always dreamed big, and she was right to! She wrote her first song at age five and became a country music star by the time she was in her early twenties. Of course, her success didn't stop there. Dolly Parton is also an actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist whose "Imagination Library" reading initiative reaches children throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. There is simply no one like Dolly Parton! [-True Kelley-] ..."



Coat of Many Colors

Synopsis : "Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song "Coat of Many Colors" to this heartfelt picture book for young readers. Country music legend Dolly Parton's rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song "Coat of Many Colors," the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton's trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love "in every stitch." Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton's poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers. [-Dolly Parton-] ..."



Dream More Celebrate the Dreamer in You

Synopsis : "The legendary Dolly Parton shares her heartfelt hopes and dreams for everyone. Expanding on the popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, performer, and philanthropist. Dolly elaborates on the four great hopes she wants us all to embrace: Dream more, Learn more, Care more, and Be more. She offers examples from her own life, from her childhood in the hills of eastern Tennessee to her life as the iconic performer she is today. From one of the legends of our time, Dream More is an honest, funny, and uplifting anthem for all who want to take charge of their lives and forge a future on their own terms. From the Trade Paperback edition. [-Dolly Parton-] ..."



Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music

Synopsis : "Dolly Parton is instantly recognizable for her iconic style and persona, but how did she create her enduring image? Dolly crafted her exaggerated appearance and stage personality by combining two opposing stereotypes—the innocent mountain girl and the voluptuous sex symbol. Emerging through her lyrics, personal stories, stage presence, and visual imagery, these wildly different gender tropes form a central part of Dolly’s media image and portrayal of herself as a star and celebrity. By developing a multilayered image and persona, Dolly both critiques representations of femininity in country music and attracts a diverse fan base ranging from country and pop music fans to feminists and gay rights advocates. In Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music, Leigh H. Edwards explores Dolly’s roles as musician, actor, author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur to show how Dolly’s gender subversion highlights the challenges that can be found even in the most seemingly traditional form of American popular music. As Dolly depicts herself as simultaneously "real" and "fake," she offers new perspectives on country music’s claims of authenticity. [-LEIGH H. EDWARDS-] ..."



The Words and Music of Dolly Parton: Getting to Know Country's "Iron Butterfly" Getting to Know Country's "Iron Butterfly"

Synopsis : "This insightful biography provides a closer look at one of the entertainment world's biggest stars, with a focus on what got her to the top—and what has kept her there. • Rare photographs of Parton's early career from legendary photographer Les Leverett, retired staff photographer for the Grand Ole Opry • Interviews with many of Parton's collaborators over the years, including producers, engineers, and other artists • A discography of Dolly Parton's albums and hit songs and a list of her awards [-Nancy Cardwell-] ..."



Not Dumb, Not Blonde: Dolly In Conversation

Synopsis : "Born in poverty in Tennessee, Dolly Rebecca Parton had ambition and determination in spades. Her first single, the ironic Dumb Blonde, launched the now legendary career of a singer-songwriter with a pure country voice and a gift for story-telling. Smart as a whip, Dolly Parton shrugged aside the male-dominated world of Nashville to command her own destiny, creating huge business enterprise in the process: She owns Dollywood theme park and other hospitality venues; she has hosted her own television programs and appeared in films with Jane Fonda, Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone; her Imagination Library project sends free books to children all over the world – For Dolly, dreams are everything and nothing – you gotta roll your sleeves up and get stuck in. Collating interviews and encounters with Dolly Parton from 1967 onwards, Not Dumb Not Blonde proves just that. As in her songs, she is unfailingly entertaining, frank and feisty. These are the words of an artist and performer who, beneath the bravado, is deadly serious about her music and career, and this duality proves to be a touching, insightful and joyous read. [-Dolly Parton, Randy Schmidt-] ..."



Dolly on Dolly Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton

Synopsis : ""Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly," declares Dolly Parton. Dolly's is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly's metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed "Queen of Country Music," Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theatre, and even theme parks. It's been more than 50 years since Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream. Her story has been told many times and in many ways, but never like this. Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of her career and featuring material gathered from celebrated publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Also included are interviews which have not been previously available in print. Dolly's feisty and irresistible brand of humor, combined with her playful, pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-awhile delivery, makes for a fascinating and inviting experience in downhome philosophy and storytelling. Much like her patchwork "Coat of Many Colors," this book harkens back to the legendary entertainer's roots and traces her evolution, stitching it all together one piece at a time. [-Randy L. Schmidt-] ..."



Joyful Noise Songbook Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

Synopsis : "(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star in this 2012 film as two opinionated women forced to cooperate when budget cuts threaten to shut down a small-town choir. Our matching piano/vocal/guitar folio contains 11 pop covers plus gospel-infused songs by Mervyn Warren: Fix Me, Jesus * From Here to the Moon and Back * He's Everything * Higher Medley * I'm Yours * In Love * Man in the Mirror * Maybe I'm Amazed * Mighty High * Not Enough * That's the Way God Planned It. [-Dolly Parton, Various, Queen Latifah-] ..."



The Faith of Dolly Parton Lessons from Her Life to Lift Your Heart

Synopsis : "Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success. “A belief in God is essential,” Dolly shares. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” Growing up in the little mountain church where her grandfather preached, Dolly started singing hymns and playing guitar at services when she was only six. Consequently, she has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains. Tennessee native, Dolly fanboy, and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs now spotlights ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly’s life, music, interviews, and attitude. The Faith of Dolly Parton focuses on the ways Dolly’s life can inspire us all to be more authentic, to trust God during hard times, to stay grounded during the good times, and to always keep our sense of humor. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, frequently surprising, and always true to Dolly’s down-home spirit of joyful generosity, this book will delight her millions of fans as well as anyone seeking a fresh faith-filled role model. [-Dudley Delffs-] ..."



I Am a Rainbow

Synopsis : "Dolly Parton, award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and producer, brings her skills to picture books for the first time. Have you ever been tickled pink, green with envy or maybe just plain blue? I am a Rainbow is a colourful upbeat picture book that encourages children of all ages to think about their feelings. [-Dolly Parton-] ..."



The Very Best Hits of Dolly Parton (PVG)

Synopsis : "Learn 15 of the Very Best Hits Of Dolly Parton: Sassy, witty and creatively crafted tunes whose simple lyrics and catchy melodies made them some of the most loved songs of all time. Every song in this collection is arranged for Piano, Vocal and Guitar, with full lyrics and chord boxes. Perfect for die-hard Parton fans to country-mad music-lovers, as well as musicians who respect Dolly Parton’s undeniable songwriting ability, it’s time to inject the sound of Nashville into your repertoire, as written by the original queen of country. Songlist: - Nine To Five - Banks Of The Ohio - Better Get To Livin' - Blue Smoke - Coat Of Many Colors - Here You Come Again - Home - I Will Always Love You - Islands In The Stream (feat. Kenny Rogers) - Jolene - Little Sparrow - Love Is Like A Butterfly - My Tennessee Mountain Home - Try - You Can't Make Old Friends (feat. Kenny Rogers) [-Wise Publications-] ..."