Dolly Parton And James Patterson Top Amazon’s Best-Seller List With ‘Run, Rose, Run’

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Dolly Parton And James Patterson Top Amazon’s Best-Seller List With ‘Run, Rose, Run’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Country music legend Dolly Parton and best-selling author James Patterson joined forces to create a unique literary offering for country music and Patterson fans alike. “Run, Rose, Run” reached No. 1 on Amazon.com even before being released. The book officially dropped March 7.

Both Parton and Patterson are champions of literacy programs, but until a couple of years ago, had never met.

“We liked each other right away. And we kind of made the deal right there — no lawyers. We didn’t want anybody in the way,” Patterson says.

The new country music-inspired  “Run, Rose, Run” is being released in conjunction with Parton’s studio album of the same name that debuted March 4. Rolling Stone calls the album “a sturdy reminder of her songwriting greatness and vocal command.”

“He’d give me ideas for the songs. I gave him ideas that he expanded on for the characters and incorporated in the book,” says Parton, whose “Run, Rose, Run” album includes 12 new songs. “So it really was a magical team.”

The story in Parton and Patterson’s novel follows the life of Ruthanna Ryder and examines the Nashville music scene through the eyes of women.  As described in an article on Fox News:

The narrative has music and romance and cheering crowds, and lyrics to Parton songs such as the mid-tempo rocker “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans.” On the darker side are unscrupulous executives, unwanted physical advances and the male-oriented ways of the market, defined by a radio consultant’s “salad” theory, in which men are the essential artists, “the lettuce,” the women more like tomatoes, “to be sprinkled into airplay now and again as garnish.”

Parton’s media empire has created a wealth of family-friendly movies which consistently receive positive reviews on Movieguide® and earned several Movieguide® Award nominations and wins.

Just last year, Parton won the 2021 Grace Prize® for Most Inspiring Performance for in DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE. DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS: THESE OLD BONES won the 2020 Faith and Freedom Award for TV and earned a nomination for the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program. Parton’s productions won the Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Television in 2016 and 2017 for DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE and DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS, respectively.

Parton, as Movieguide® previously reported, holds on to her faith in God:

“I really feel like I have a calling,” Parton said. “I feel like God had told me early on in a feeling that I was supposed to go till He told me to stop and He [hasn’t] said nothing yet about quitting. And so I ain’t said nothing about retiring yet.”

Parton also lives out her faith in prayer. 

“Every day I pray for God to lead me and to take out all the wrong things, wrong people in my life, bring all the right things, right people in, and to let me glorify Him and uplift mankind,” Parton said. “Let me be a light, and a vessel to be used…I just really want to do what I can in this world to make things better, if I can.”


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