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.