The Barbie Chronicles- A Living Doll Turns Forty

The Barbie Chronicles- A Living Doll Turns Forty
Edited by Yona Zeldis McDonough

You might have thought that Barbie was just a doll from your childhood. But after reading this book, you will soon realize that she is much more than just a doll and always has been. Would a simple little doll pull in over $2 billion a year for Mattel and sell at a rate of two per second? Not only that, she has fan clubs, websites and even magazines written just about her. And that is just scratching the surface. All of these facts have been researched in this fascinating book.

Compiled by Yona Zeldis McDonough, a Barbie lover, this book contains twenty essays and 5 poems all about Barbie, that little plastic doll that you probably haven't thought of in years. They write about childhood memories, her perfect body which measurements would be an amazing 40-18-32 if Barbie was a real woman. And one writer even writes about a woman who went under the knife so that she could look just like Barbie, measurements and all. Amazing what a little doll can do when you think about it.

Some of the writers as you can imagine absolutely love Barbie, while others absolutely hate her for a variety of reasons but all are passionate in their beliefs and that makes for a very interesting read. The book also offers some interesting black and white photographs that show Barbie's distinct faces and how the body has changed over the years. Whether Barbie made a little impact on your life or not, you will find this a delightful book that will make you go searching for your old Barbies just to take another look. She was one amazing doll when you realize all that she has managed to do.

Zona Zeldis McDonough is the author of three childrens books and has written for Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times and many more. Her fiction has also appeared in Family Circle, Lilith and many other literary magazines. She resides with her husband and children in Brooklyn, New York.

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