Friday, July 19, 2024

Dolly Parton Has the Number 1…Book? “Run, Rose, Run” Comes from the James Patterson Publishing Mill


Country superstar Dolly Parton is no stranger to the top of the music charts.

But books?

This morning, Dolly has the number 1 book on Amazon. It’s called “Run, Rose, Run” and it’s from the James Patterson publishing mill. Both of their names on the cover, even if neither of them actually put pen to paper.

“Run, Rose, Run” is about a young girl singer who arrives in Nashville with a load of secrets and ambitions. Armchair reviewers on amazon are less than impressed. One wrote: More than once I thought this was based on the television show Nashville. About halfway through the book, I stopped even calling her Ruthanna and just called her Dolly. She along with the other characters are all slightly damaged in some way. Emotional trauma. Secrets they can’t share. But the past always catches up to us. And Annielee is about to find that out.

Parton has already a soundtrack album of new songs she wrote for the occasion also called “Run Rose Run.” It’s number 5 on iTunes. Ironically, as bad as the book is, the album is quite good. It shows that Parton, 76, is at the top of her game musically, and that’s all that’s important. Patterson is a cynical guy who slaps celebrities’ names on his “books” and makes the cash register ring but contributes nothing to the world of letters. He’s probably the whole bottom line for Little, Brown publishers.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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