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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Usby Tanya Lee Stone
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"Balanced, funny, provocativeand#151;and most of all, important for anyone wanting to unand#173;derstand girlhood in America."and#151;E. Lockhart,and#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling author ofand#160;We Were Liarsand#160;
Barbie just might be the most famous doll in the world. She has represented fifty different nationalities. Sheand#8217;s stepped into the always-fashionable shoes of more than one hundred twenty careers. She has been played with, studied, celebrated, and criticized for more than fifty years. And she has unquestionably influenced generations of girlsand#151;whether that influence has been positiveand#160;or negative depends on whom you ask.
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Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is.and#160;Part biographyand#151;both of the doll and of her inventor, Ruth Handlerand#151;and part exploration of the cultural phenomenon that is Barbie, The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie is filled with personal anecdotes, memories, and opinions from people of all ages. Featuring original color and black-and-white photographs, this book is for everyone who understands that weand#8217;re all living in a Barbie world.
"This is no mere Barbie book. This is a how-to manual about being a girl."and#151;Lauren Myracle,and#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling author
* "Source notes, a bibliography, and lots of images, including an inset of color photos, add to an offering that pleases and intrigues." and#151;Booklist, starred review
"On the heels of Barbie's 50th anniversary in 2009, Stone (Almost Astronauts) delivers a cultural-history-as-biography of Barbie, 'arguably the most famous doll in the world.' Really two biographies in one, the book explores the lives of both the doll and her inventor, 'self proclaimed tomboy' Ruth Handler. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Handler helped found Mattel, and Barbie's 1959 introduction wasn't far behind. Stone discusses Barbie's cultural relevance at length, from her numerous careers and the many races and nationalities she's represented to debates about her effect on girls' body image and even her resonance in the art world. Meg Cabot, who contributes a foreword, makes it clear what side she's on: 'How Barbie looked was never the issue.... hat she taught us was that, like Barbie, we could be anything we wanted to be.' Filled with photographs of Barbie dolls past and present as well as quotes about her from nationally known figures and children alike, Stone's fascinating and balanced account reveals a toy of almost unmatched influence. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring original full-color photos, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light.
During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people love-and some people love to hate. There's no question she's influenced generations, but to what end? Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and at the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring passionate anecdotes and memories from a range of girls and women, a foreword by Meg Cabot, and original color photographs, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light.
About the Author
Tanya Lee Stone is the author of many books for young readers. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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