Year 15, Book 40

40. She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

This book is a republished series of four articles written for The Journal of Roots MusicNo Depression. The articles themselves haven’t been changed from their original form, but Smarsh does provide a forward in which she touches on some of the things that have happened in the world since they were written that she would have addressed in her writings had they been written today. Having listened to Dolly Parton’s America podcast, which Smarsh was a part of, I’m not sure I gained a lot of new information in this book, but I still enjoyed reading it. It’s nice to know that a woman like Dolly Parton lives in the world. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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