Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone

Disclaimer: I am a doll collector, a Barbie fan, and president of a doll club. The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us traces a bit of Barbie's history but is mostly about her existence as a cultural icon. It is not stridently anti-Barbie, so if that's what you are looking for this is not the book for you. It presents Barbie in both a positive and a negative light.

I've read a number of books on Barbie, and there wasn't really anything new in this one, but I found it interesting all the same. If you are looking for a short (107 page) book that touches on the Barbie doll in culture, this is a good selection.

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