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The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty

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To some she's a collectible, to others she's trash. In The Barbie Chronicles, twenty-three writers join together to scrutinize Barbie's forty years of hateful, lovely disastrous, glorious influence on us all. No other tiny shoulders have ever, had to carry the weight of such affection and deri
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 1999)
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Aug 21, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
As with most books of essays, this was a mixed bag - some were enjoyable, some were dry and some seemed liked they would never end. The book jacket makes the reader aware that there will be a fair amount of anti-Barbie sentiment, and it's definitely present (though not pervasive). However, as the editor notes in her own essay, it's fine to buy Barbie, just don't buy into her. And, generally, I think the second part is a problem that adults have or see versus the girls (and it's nearly always gir ...more
May 04, 2009 Marnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Barbie,so this book looked like fun. Instead it's a book of feminist & intellectual rants about what Barbie symbolizes & means to our culture. Some of the stories were good & gave me things to think about, but most of them the authors were taking Barbie way too seriously. They need to lighten up. Little girls love Barbie because she's glamorous & lets them practice being grown up in a safe way, & I personally think Barbie is a great role model for girls. She's wholesom ...more
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Jan 18, 2017 Laura Ostermeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a mixed bag from Barbie lovers to Barbie haters. Some of the essays are pretty amusing.
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Aug 21, 2012 Guðrún Katrín rated it really liked it
Some people may think that the essayists who contributed to this book were taking Barbie too seriously - after all, she's just a toy. As someone who's devoted much of her time studying feminism and misogyny in popular culture, I disagree. Barbie does affect us in different ways, some of us more than others, and this needs to be acknowledged.

The Barbie Chronicles offers a variety of opinions of Barbie and the phenomenon surrounding her, and it's that variety that makes this book so good. The con
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Oct 22, 2007 Bo Abeille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barbie fans
Shelves: 2007, 2007-bios
I'm really into reading Barbie books this year. For some reason my rinky dink local library is full of fun Barbie books. This book was good, it's a collection of essays by various woman authors. I didn't care for the negativity directed towards Barbie in most of the essays though. If it's a birthday tribute, maybe it could have been a bit more Barbie positive. I still like to read about different women's reactions to Barbie, so it made for an interested read.
This book has been sitting on my shelf for about ten years. I bought it as a teenager and read it in my late twenties. I liked this book, it was insightful and funny. It made me wish I could remember how I played with my own Barbies as a kid and made me wonder just how much they shaped my own life.
Jun 27, 2007 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist, non-fiction
Another one of the first feminist books I read. As you might expect I read all the third wave stuff first and am only going deeper into second wave these days. Third wave was a fantastic guide for me as a preteen in a way that I don't think second wave could have reached me yet. These essays are funny, relatable meditations on this cultural icon of femininity.
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I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and many of my novels take place here. But my new novel takes place in New Hampshire, and I have woven into it a historical component: the tragic story of Ruth Blay, who in 1768 was the last woman hanged in the state. When I read about Ruth, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure, and I knew I had to write about her.
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