Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

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Walker, May 26, 2009 - Antiques & Collectibles - 336 pages
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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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FOREVER BARBIE: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With wide-ranging research and her bull's-eye wit, New York Newsday columnist Lord celebrates as she satirizes the myth and magic, the life and times of Mattel's immortal girl toy. Barbie was born in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clueless - LibraryThing

I knew it! I knewit! She started as a German porn doll. Don't know if this book belongs in my 'guilty pleasures.' Could probably be a very useful text book on how things get marketed to the poor unsuspecting public. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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.

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