One of several recent releases pertaining to Dolly Parton, She Come By It Natural by Sarah Smarsh takes on the iconic Country Music artist’s prolific career, more specifically how it relates to women. The author argues that, though Parton doesn’t specifically categorize herself as a feminist, her songs and work espouse feminist values without using the label. She’s a self-made woman, unapologetic for her personal style and talent, and confident enough to take criticism in stride with humor and grace. Coming from an impoverished family of 12 children in rural Tennessee, Dolly speaks not for the wealthy, but rather the hard-working and likely less privileged women that share a semblance of her early experiences. Her story is warm and relatable, and her hilarious one-liners certainly don’t hurt.
Recommended for Adults and Teens. Available as a book, Audio CD, eBook, and eAudiobook.