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Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

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Publisher Comments:

Since Barbie's introduction in 1959, her impact on baby boomers has been revolutionary. Far from being a toy designed by men to enslave women, she was a toy invented by women to teach women what-- for better or worse-- was expected of them. In telling Barbie's fascinating story, cultural critic and investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie owner, has written a provocative, zany, occasionally shocking book that will change how you look at the doll and the world.

"Fascinating ... compelling .... A seriously wry, thoroughly researched and totally enlightened look at the doll that most of us either love or love to hate."-- Newsday

"Scathing, hilarious ... consistently informative and amusing."-- San Francisco Chronicle

"Its mix of social history, psychoanalytical insights, and the Mattel marketing schemes that evoke them is told with wit, curiosity, and wry photos."-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Terrific .... A book that was dying to be written .... A crisp, often witty love story of American pop culture."-- The Boston Globe

"The author's enthusiasm is infectious and she writes with considerable wit .... Her subject inspires passion."-- The New York Times

M. G. Lord is an author and critic. Since 1995 she has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and ARTnews. She lives in Los Angeles.

Synopsis:

Since Barbie's introduction in 1959, her impact on baby boomers has been revolutionary. Far from being a toy designed by men to enslave women, she was a toy invented by women to teach women what-- for better or worse-- was expected of them. In telling Barbie's fascinating story, cultural critic and investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie owner, has written a provocative, zany, occasionally shocking book that will change how you look at the doll and the world.

About the Author

M. G. Lord is an author and critic. Since 1995 she has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and ARTnews. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802776945
Subtitle:
The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Author:
Lord, M. G.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Dolls
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Barbie dolls -- History.
Subject:
Antiques-Dolls
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20040301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photographs
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.52 x 0.985 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » Dolls
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Barbies

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Since Barbie's introduction in 1959, her impact on baby boomers has been revolutionary. Far from being a toy designed by men to enslave women, she was a toy invented by women to teach women what-- for better or worse-- was expected of them. In telling Barbie's fascinating story, cultural critic and investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie owner, has written a provocative, zany, occasionally shocking book that will change how you look at the doll and the world.

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