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Celebrate the sixty-fifth anniversary of Barbie in a book dedicated to the fascinating history of the world’s most popular doll. Created by Mattel founder Ruth Handler, a game-changing feminist visionary,...
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A lifelong fan who still has every one of her Barbie dolls, the plastic convertible, and two Dreamhouses, Susan Shapiro is a bestselling author/coauthor of many books, including Five Men Who Broke My Heart (recently optioned for a movie), The Forgiveness Tour, The Bosnia List, The Byline Bible writing guide, and, most recently, American Shield. She freelances for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, New York, Elle, Oprah, Wired, and The New Yorker. By night she’s an award-winning writing professor who has taught at the New School, New York University and Columbia University and now offers private classes online. Follow her on X @ Susanshapironet and on Instagram @Profsue123.

The Classics Collection


$115 USD

My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be.

— Ruth Handler, creator of Barbie

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Page count

340 pages

Number of illustrations

over 350



Released on

November 2023


W 25 x L 33 x D 4 cm

Cover materials

Silk hardcover




3.0 kg

Susan Shapiro

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