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I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive

I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive is more than an artful memoir about trauma and Dolly Parton; it is thought-provoking cultural analysis.

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Review of ‘I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive’

Lynn Melnick became a fan of Dolly Parton's music after hearing "Islands in the Stream," a duet with Kenny Rogers, while checking into rehab as a teen in the late 1980s. Parton was already decades into her successful country music career, with songs like this one also finding a home on pop charts. But she…

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