Writer Dolly comes through in Songteller. Not only do we get to marvel at lyrics from a small sampling of the 3,000 songs she’s written, but we also get to read Parton’s take on what inspired the songs, where she was when she wrote them and what they mean to her now. Despite the book’s gorgeous and glittering embossed cover and coffee-table format, Songteller reads like a memoir. Parton’s voice—emotive and funny—kept me turning pages.
... fascinating and revealing ... Parton’s voice shines, along with her indomitable spirit, throughout the book ... She also documents some of the fun and productive encounters she’s enjoyed with many of the greats: Tammy Wynette, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and a wide net of others, including Andy Warhol.