This book isn’t just for fans of Dolly Parton. It’s for anyone interested in the American South, Elvis Presley, anthropology, Appalachia, travel writing, country music, mythmaking, or amusement parks. In the tradition of writers like Jonathan Raban and Tony Horwitz, Helen Morals skillfully combining her English sensibilities and her academic expertise with her love for Dolly Parton and an eagerness to experience a foreign part of the world. Eschewing monument building in favor of exploration, Pilgrimage to Dollywood avoids becoming saccharin or blindingly worshipful and remains a whole lot of fun.
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 30th, 2014