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

October 18th, 2010 (09:31 am)
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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone is now available. Love her or hate her, you can't deny the impact Barbie has had on the world.

This book offers quotes and anecdotes from many people, myself included. (Thank you, Tanya!) Here is the full roster, as Tanya listed in an interview with Jenny O'Connell: "Meg Cabot, Amy Goldman Koss, Sarah Strohmeyer, Allie Costa, Laura Ruby, Sarah Aronson, Erin Dionne, and [Jenny O'Connell]! There are also quotes from Sarah Haskins, Susan Jane Gilman, Mary Rogers, M.G. Lord, Yona Zeldis McDonough, and Anna Quindlen."

Here's the official book flap summary:

Barbie just might be the most famous doll in the world. She's represented fifty different nationalities. She's stepped into the always-fashionable shoes of more than one hundred careers. She has been played with, studied, celebrated, and vilified for more than fifty years. And she has unquestionably influenced generations of girls - whether that influence has been positive or negative depends on who you ask.

When award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone started asking girls, boys, men, and women how they feel about Barbie, the first thing she discovered is how passionate people are about her. Here are a few things they said:

"Barbie is really only a reflection of the girl holding her. My generation of 'Barbie girls' is now entering the world and we seem to be doing just fine." -- Sara, age 17

"Barbie, I hate you!" -- Luci, age 15

"How Barbie looked was never the issue. Not to the girls who loved her. It was what she taught us that mattered. And what she taught us was that, like Barbie, we could be anything we wanted to be." -- Meg Cabot

"Barbie has been the #1 most destructive force on the self-image of women all over the globe!" -- Dr. Carole Lieberman

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie is part biography - both of the doll and of her inventor, Ruth Handler - and part exploration of the cultural phenomenon that is Barbie. Filled with personal anecdotes, memories, and opinions from people of all ages, and featuring original color and black and white photographs, this book is for anyone who understands that we're all living in a Barbie world.