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“Coat of Many Colors” children’s book

Published January 18, 1996 / Last Updated November 17, 2015
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Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly’s “Coat of Many Colors” children’s book brings one of her best-loved songs to life, based on one of her most vivid childhood memories

Winter is coming to Tennessee and there’s no money to buy a new coat, so a little girl’s mama sews one for her out of rags. The little girl wears it to school proudly, and when the other children laugh, she gives them a quick lesson about what it means to be rich.

Like the song, the book tells a powerful story of kindness, understanding and appreciation of what you have in life. Publishers Weekly said,

“The heartfelt verses are imbued with the same genuine, infectiously likeable spirit Parton herself projects.”

The story concludes with the simple but powerful words from the song, “One is only poor, only if they choose to be. Now I know we had no money, but I was rich as I could be, In my coat of many colors my momma made for me.”

The book, published by HarperCollins in 1996, features paintings from illustrator Judith Sutton.

To date, the book has sold over 150,000 copies.

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‘Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business’

Published October 1, 1994 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly shares her story in first autobiography “Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business”

In 1994, Dolly published her first book, an autobiography, “Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business” on the HarperCollins imprint. The book recounts her childhood growing up poor in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and talks about her music, religion, marriage and many other aspects of her life like her opinions about plastic surgery and her larger-than-life persona.

Dolly’s incredible personality was a big part of the promotional tour for the book.

“I love it that people can laugh at my expense,”

she says, her blue-green eyes widening for emphasis.

“I laugh at my expense. It’s not like I have not left myself wide open for all this. This is part of who I am, part of who I want to be… Why would I get offended and upset for somebody to make jokes about the very thing that I laid right out there for them to make jokes about?”

She mentions her appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and laughs at the Top-10 list he revealed, “Surprises in the Dolly Parton Autobiography. Number 10: At birth, doctor thought he was delivering triplets. Number 6: Went on world tour in early ’70s with Dalai Lama in a show called ‘A Couple of Dollys.’ Number 1: Consulted on the Wonderbra project.”

“Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business” reached the New York Times Bestseller list and stayed there for two months.

 

 

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‘Just the Way I Am’ – Poetic Selections

Published March 1, 1979 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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‘Just the Way I Am’ – Poetic selections on ‘reasons to live, reasons to love and reasons to smile’ from the songs of Dolly Parton.

“Just the Way I Am” is a collection of poetry comprised of song lyrics from some of her most treasured works. It was published by Blue Mountain Arts in 1979. In the introduction Dolly writes,

“My songs are like children, I conceive a thought, I carry it in my mind for a time, and then labor to give it birth. Hope you like my kids.”

Several of the poems have recognizable titles taken from both song titles and song lyrics. Within the first section, “Reasons to Love” the reader can find “Love is like a butterfly,” “Jolene” and “Back through the years.” Additionally, “Two doors down” and “Together you and I” can be found in “Reasons to Smile.”

Her songwriting is, arguably, the heart of Dolly’s artistry and often her most beloved works were born out of real-life experiences. She has a brave honesty in her music that fans embrace. This book provides yet another avenue to experience the depth and emotion of her words.

Song lyrics from “Little Bird” found on the album “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)” can be found within the lines of this untitled poem.

“Beauty is a rare perfume, precious,
yet doesn’t last long,
and youth is but a playful breeze
that blows our way once
and moves on.

Love is a hidden treasure
and some never find where it lies,
and memory is a little bird
that flies through life
and never dies.”

Part of “Together You and I” first recorded by Dolly and Porter Wagoner can be found in this short poem.

“My love for you
is deeper than the depth of any ocean,
and as faithful as the stars
that grace the night
as constant as the sun
in its journey
through the heavens…
we will always be together,
you and I.”

The book concludes with a special section, “About the Author” followed by acknowledgments.

 

Team Dolly‘Just the Way I Am’ – Poetic Selections