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The Women of Dolly Parton's Songs - Journalist Sarah Smarsh and "She Come By It Natural"


We’re living in a politically divided pandemic.  We look to our leaders hoping for some understanding beyond politics.  Understanding of the complexity of everyone’s lives.  For many of us, there is someone who understands.  Who gives us hope.  But sadly, she’s not running for president.  She’s been described as the most powerful, least political feminist in the world.  That person is Dolly Parton. 

There’s a new book out by award winning writer Sarah Smarsh.  In her writing and journalism she explores class and rural people.  We talked to her for “Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth”.  The new book is out, just in time to give us some hope.  It’s called “She Come By It Natural – Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs”. 

Check out WNYC's podcast "Dolly Parton's America".  It's described as the story of a legend at the crossroads of America's culture wars. 

Dolly Parton's America podcast from WNYC