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The legendary Dolly Parton shares for the first time her deeply held philosophy of life and her heartfelt hopes for everyone.

Based on the hugely popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee that became a sensation, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing caree
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Putnam adult (first published November 1st 2012)
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Dena Bean I like at the end where she gives questions that she has been asked in interviews and her fantastic answers. Especially when asked how she feels about…moreI like at the end where she gives questions that she has been asked in interviews and her fantastic answers. Especially when asked how she feels about dumb blond jokes and she says it doesn't bother her because she knows she's not dumb and she's not really blond. What a hoot. I loved this book!(less)

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Mar 13, 2013 jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-d, ladyish, 2013
I love Dolly Parton. Her other book, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business is a better memoir, but this is quite charming. It is basically anecdotes from her life, which are used to illustrated her pillars of success: Dream More, Learn More, Care More, Be More. If you're going to take any celebrity's life advice, it should probably be Dolly Parton. She is basically a genius, and a really good person & role model to boot.

Also, she is funny and sparkly, and she just cares so goddamn muc
Kelly Hager
Dec 15, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
This book is a longer version of a commencement speech she gave and so obviously it's very inspiring.

I'll be honest, I don't like country music very much...but I do love Dolly Parton. I have some songs of hers on my iPod and I think she seems like literally one of the nicest, sweetest people ever.

I have reviews and blog posts scheduled in advance and honestly, I wasn't going to read this book until early next year. But I'm writing this on Friday, December 14 and I couldn't focus on the book I wa
Feb 05, 2013 Mom rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written by a truly beautiful person! I love Dolly!! She is SO awesome!!
I feel like it's a little stupid to start this review by saying I LOVE DOLLY PARTON, because does anyone hate her? Loving Dolly Parton is as natural as the tides. Anyway, love her, but Lord almighty this book is a weird flaming hot mess. It's full of affirmations for dreaming, learning, living, and just generally being a good person and making the world a better place, but it's also a memoir focusing on her incredible work helping children with literacy skills. AND THEN IT GETS WEIRD. After the ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I didn't exactly plan to listen to this, but it was in a review box and it was short. I was expecting to scoff at it, but can you really dislike Dolly Parton? The thing is, despite her self-proclaimed cartoonish presence, the woman has built an empire out of nothing. She works hard, she gets people, and that's pretty commendable even if you aren't a country music fan.

I think the best bits were about how to block draining people from your life, and why you shouldn't apologize for having lofty go
Mar 02, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me an hour to read this book and it was WONDERFUL and i <3 Dolly.
Jan 30, 2016 Pinky rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-16
Someone told me about Dolly's Imagination Library and I just can't get enough of this idea. The Imagination Library with the Dollywood Foundation started by giving one book every month to every child in Dolly's home county from the day they were born until they started first grade. The program has given away more than 40 million books in North America and overseas.

This book started out as an expanded version of a commencement speech that Dolly gave at UT Knoxville. It's funny, inspirational and
Callie Rose Tyler
How can you not love Dolly? I found this book to be incredibly sincere and honest. You must listen to the audio book which is not only read by Dolly but has a few musical interludes. I found it to be funny and engaging and very inspiring.

It is basically an extension of the graduation speech she gave at the University of Tennessee, so it is pretty short, but it accomplishes what it sets out to do. Dolly does talk about several of her accomplishments but in a very humble manner. She never comes o
Rachael Quinn
Jan 02, 2013 Rachael Quinn rated it liked it
I don't really know what to say about this book except that it was short and sweet and authentic. If you are looking for something that is going to feel like Dolly Parton is talking right to you, well this is it. I'm not sure how to categorize it. It comes off as a self-help memoir, I suppose.

Dolly used the four principles that guide the Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library to compose a commencement speech for the graduating class at the University of Tennessee. The speech was very popu
Naima Haviland
Sep 01, 2013 Naima Haviland rated it liked it
Dolly Parton's book encouraging readers to actualize their dreams is a slim volume but it says all that probably needs to be said. The book reads with Dolly's gentle plainspun style and emphasizes the power of faith and self-discipline. I have always loved Dolly's singing voice and admired her individuality. I read the book with increased respect for her entrepreneurial vision and her generosity toward the region that nurtured her youth. I started reading Dream More in a bit of a funk and finish ...more
Kristen Wampner
Feb 18, 2015 Kristen Wampner rated it really liked it
Dolly Parton shares her philosophy on life in her new book based on a commencement speech that she gave to graduating students at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Now she expands on her beliefs of what else she should have said in that speech and urges readers to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.

Dolly offers her words of wisdom and advice gained over a lifetime of achievement. Her biggest wish is for people to dream more and stay true to those dreams. She tells us it's alright
Jun 07, 2015 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Dolly Parton is associated with an amusement park called Dollywood. I’ve visited it, it is a country music Disneyland, smaller, with shows tied to the music of the Tennessee area where it is located. As I listened to Parton’s “Dream More”, I realized that this short (hour and a half) audiobook, read, no performed, by Dolly herself, would be the perfect soundtrack to an animatronic Dolly Parton show at her theme park. Imagine being ushered into a large Branson-style theater, the lights darken, an ...more
Lin Stepp
Jul 11, 2015 Lin Stepp rated it it was amazing
I greatly admire Dolly Parton … and I really enjoyed this short book by her. The book shares a lot about Dolly's early life that I didn't know…. and then offers chapters following her life and sharing her philosophy. Dolly writes about her book near the beginning: "Whatever your station in life, I hope you glean something from this little book that inspires you to dram of doing more with your life, learn from everything you see and do, care for everyone and everything that crosses your path, and ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Dusty rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
You know the scene from the 90s movie with the character driving around town listening to some guru telling him how to turn his life around? Well, Dream More is essentially that speech, and Dolly Parton is the guru giving it. A lot of people know Parton as a singer, songwriter, and actress, but she is also a philanthropist and extremely (I mean EXTREMELY) wealthy businesslady, and this book shines a light on how she managed to turn her childhood dream of performing on the Grand Ole Opry into an ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
I love Dolly because of her wonderful attitude and her extremely generous nature (the Imagination Library is such an inspiring program!). This book is short & sweet & based on a commencement speech she gave to a graduating class at the University of Tennessee. Is it a cheesy read? Yes it most certainly is, but I ate it up. Sometimes I just need a little cheese in my life.
Dec 05, 2012 Sharlene rated it it was amazing
The more I learn about Dolly Parton the more I love and respect her. This is a delightful book that got its start following her commencement address at University of Tennessee. This is a quick read and is likely to have you reflecting on your own life and how you live it. I've already identified a couple of friends that would love the messages in this book.
Feb 20, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
Cute, fast read. Good life philosophy. Dolly donates time and money to several wonderful humanitarian charities. She narrates the audio and although I typically HATE "read by the author" audiobooks, this is a huge exception. She was a WONDERFUL NARRATOR. Especially when she throws a song or two in! Very entertaining.
Dec 04, 2012 Kath rated it it was amazing
I've long admired Dolly Parton, her absolute genius as an entertainer and creative artist. And now I admire her as an author. What an inspiring book. This is a book I will keep by me, to read over and over to refresh the powerful positive philosophy of this remarkable woman.
Pat Brannon
May 01, 2014 Pat Brannon rated it it was amazing
I've known who Dolly Parton is since I was a young girl. I used to sing Dolly's songs on stage. The songs she wrote and sung were always special because they came from her heart. Many of her lyrics were based on her Smoky Mountain upbringing and her desire for a better life. I can relate to much of Dolly's life, but we were never poor like her family. Still we always tried to do our best at everything and be caring people in the process. Being so familiar with Dolly through the years, I already ...more
Sarah Tipper
Jan 13, 2015 Sarah Tipper rated it it was amazing
Two things I admire about Dolly Parton are her optimism and her work in advocating reading (and in starting to read from a young age). Both of these are well covered in this book. It’s a very cheerful read, ideal for January (I was given it as a Christmas gift and I’m very grateful). Dolly’s philosophy is simple and you can choose to be cynical or you can embrace her wisdom. I’m embracing it. She reminds us to dream more, learn more, care more and be more. She also warns against judging others. ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Celticoracle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dolly Parton fans
I have been a huge Dolly Parton fan since childhood, and listening to this audiobook made me love her even more. Well, except for the bit that amounted to "just get over it and be happy," which didn't sit well with me after my bout with PPD. If I had listened to this a year ago, I would have quit listening right then. It also knocked this review back from the five stars it probably otherwise would have been

Other than that, I loved hearing Dolly's stories, and especially about her Imagination Lib
Jan 31, 2014 L rated it liked it
A friend recommended this awhile ago and I'm not a fan really of Dolly so I didn't pay any attention until I saw it at my library this week randomly. It's a small quick synopsis of items she mentioned in a college graduation speech. The first few chapters surprised me greatly & had statements I really admired. But towards the middle to end I was so grateful I hadn't paid money for this book. I learned things I didn't know about her and found I have a better respect for her than my prior assu ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Dhanya rated it really liked it
Nice one. This book teaches us to never stop dreaming. I loved the last 2 pages, which had excerpts from her interviews. This lady is loaded with sense of humor.
Sep 28, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This book is best read aloud and in a southern accent.
Mar 19, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
12/12: I've always been a fan. Dolly Parton seems like one of the few celebrities I'd enjoy as a neighbor, friend, or member of my family. It's fun to read her encouraging others.

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Based on the hugely popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee that became a sensation, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, performer, and phila
Aug 13, 2013 Antonvt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was stuck in traffic for more than an hour and a half, but for once I didn't mind. I listened to Dolly Parton's Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

I don't know whether it is possible to dislike this unbelievably talented woman, but listening to her talking about her philosophy on life was unbelievably inspiring. Her common sense about dreaming, and working towards to make a dream is not only practical, she is the quintessential example that it works.

It is clear that she knows that she i
Elijah Jacobson
Aug 26, 2013 Elijah Jacobson rated it it was amazing
I knew I was going to love this one before I even started it! To say that I admire Dolly Parton is an extreme understatement.

She is just an incredibly honest person that glows with positive energy. And this glow is very much reflected in her book. Admittedly, this is an easy read, and one of those books you can pick up and put down and pick up over the course of months.

That said, I think everyone can get something insightful out of this book that will make them a better human being. Her guidan
Dec 03, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dream More is a positive little book with a great message. Dolly Parton is world famous for her singing, song writing, and movie career, and also for her image and body. As she states in the book, people sometimes focus on the outer aspects of Dolly Parton, and ignore her other positive inner aspects. For example, she is a very successful business woman and part owner of Dollywood. She has also started a very successful Literacy Program to help bring reading to all children. I was impressed by h ...more
Ruth Learn
Aug 20, 2015 Ruth Learn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ellie, Cheno
I finished reading My Life and Other Unfinished Business, and I saw that the library had this book too, so I checked it out. Although it was not as mind blowing, I suppose, it was still insightful and funny. "Me and God have a great relationship, but we're both seeing other people." I mean, only Dolly would say that. :D She's a very talented and inspirational person (and maybe she'll cast me some day in her next Broadway show ;) ;))
Erin Cataldi
Nov 22, 2014 Erin Cataldi rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, audiobook
Prior to reading this little inspirational memoir by Dolly, all I really knew about her was her botoxed body and the quote, "It takes a lot of money to look this fake." This inspirational guide filled me in on a lot more on who the hell Dolly really is.

First off, I should clarify that I listened to the audiobook version which is narrated by Dolly herself. Second off, this isn't really an inspirational guide as it is a memoir of achievements, so it's really mainly for Dolly fans and not the avera
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Dolly Rebecca Parton is a Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, author, actress and philanthropist. To date, she remains one of the most successful country artists, with 25 number-one singles (a record for a female performer) and 42 top-10 country albums (more than anyone else).

She is known for her distinctive mountain soprano, sometimes bawdy humor, flamboyant dress sense, and her
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