Saturday, July 7, 2012

Daily Cheap Read: Forever Barbie (The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll) by M.G. Lord--$3.99

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.

In this intelligently written, provocative, and entertaining book, a first-generation Barbie owner traces the doll's history, from her sordid beginnings (she was a model for a sleazy German doll sold as a gag gift for men) to her current incarnation. 

"Literary and witty."--Susan Faludi

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