Every musician dreams of producing a #1 song. Dolly Parton has had 25 of her songs reach#1 on the Billboard country music charts. She is undoubtedly a music phenomenon. The book Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics traces her life through 60 years of songwriting. There are photos and candid stories throughout the book, and readers will learn the history behind some of her most well-known songs. But she's not just a songwriter. Dolly is both a successful businesswoman and a beloved celebrity, and you will find those sides represented inside this book as well.
For a woman who has already experienced so many moments in her life, she seems to be experiencing another one right now. We caught up with Dolly to find out what books she likes to read in her quieter moments. Read ahead to see what Dolly Parton recommends.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
This was a great adventure story and a great story to tell.
Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
I love Southern authors and historical fiction.This is set in Appalachia, which is near and dear to me.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander is a historical fiction/adventure series that’s filled with passion and danger—which is right up my alley!
Oral History by Lee Smith
This is another great Southern tale by a Southern author. She has an ear for language like I have an ear for music.
photo credit: Rob Hoffman
Here are the writers who speak to the beloved songwriter.