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Kansas Author Sarah Smarsh Explores The 'Unifying Figure' Of Dolly Parton

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Sarah Smarsh's "She Come By It Natural" was originally published as a four-part series for roots-music magazine "No Depression."

Smarsh's new book, "She Come By It Natural," looks at how Dolly Parton's music gave a voice to working class women.

As a fifth-generation Kansas farm girl, Sarah Smarsh grew up listening to a lot of old country music. In her family, the music served as a language for women to talk about their feelings.

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