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She Come by It Natural

She Come by It Natural

Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs

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Nominated for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities-and strengths-of women in working poverty. Meanwhile, country songs by female artists played in the background, telling powerful stories about life, men, hard times, and surviving. In her family, she writes, "country music was foremost a language among women. It's how we talked to each other in a place where feelings aren't discussed." And no one provided that language better than Dolly Parton.

Smarsh challenged a typically male vision of the rural working class with her first book, Heartland, starring the bold, hard-luck women who raised her. Now, in She Come By It Natural, originally published in a four-part series for The Journal of Roots Music, No Depression, Smarsh explores the overlooked contributions to social progress by such women-including those averse to the term "feminism"-as exemplified by Dolly Parton's life and art.

Far beyond the recently resurrected "Jolene" or quintessential "9 to 5," Parton's songs for decades have validated women who go unheard: the poor woman, the pregnant teenager, the struggling mother disparaged as "trailer trash." Parton's broader career-from singing on the front porch of her family's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains to achieving stardom in Nashville and Hollywood, from "girl singer" managed by powerful men to leader of a self-made business and philanthropy empire-offers a springboard to examining the intersections of gender, class, and culture.

Infused with Smarsh's trademark insight, intelligence, and humanity, She Come By It Natural is a sympathetic tribute to the icon Dolly Parton and-call it whatever you like-the organic feminism she embodies.

Simon and Schuster
Nominated for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities&;and strengths&;of women in working poverty. Meanwhile, country songs by female artists played in the background, telling powerful stories about life, men, hard times, and surviving. In her family, she writes, &;country music was foremost a language among women. It&;s how we talked to each other in a place where feelings aren&;t discussed.&; And no one provided that language better than Dolly Parton.

Smarsh challenged a typically male vision of the rural working class with her first book, Heartland, starring the bold, hard-luck women who raised her. Now, in She Come By It Natural, originally published in a four-part series for The Journal of Roots Music, No Depression, Smarsh explores the overlooked contributions to social progress by such women&;including those averse to the term &;feminism&;&;as exemplified by Dolly Parton&;s life and art.

Far beyond the recently resurrected &;Jolene&; or quintessential &;9 to 5,&; Parton&;s songs for decades have validated women who go unheard: the poor woman, the pregnant teenager, the struggling mother disparaged as &;trailer trash.&; Parton&;s broader career&;from singing on the front porch of her family&;s cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains to achieving stardom in Nashville and Hollywood, from &;girl singer&; managed by powerful men to leader of a self-made business and philanthropy empire&;offers a springboard to examining the intersections of gender, class, and culture.

Infused with Smarsh&;s trademark insight, intelligence, and humanity, She Come By It Natural is a sympathetic tribute to the icon Dolly Parton and&;call it whatever you like&;the organic feminism she embodies.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2020.
ISBN: 9781797114989
Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Bib Control Number: 1188207

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I loved Sarah Smarsh's first book Heartland so decided to give this a listen. I had high hopes for this book but I found it a bit disjointed and often repetitive. If you are interested in Dolly Parton's life there are plenty of other books available including a new one by Parton herself publishe... Read More »


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