Thursday, September 26, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway: Barbie Forever

Raise your hands if you played with and/or collected Barbie dolls at some point in your life. If you did, then we have a special treat for you today. Barbie Forever was published this week and thanks to The Quarto Group, we have one copy to give away!

Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy presents a detailed, full-color portrait of this beloved doll through all-new interviews, original sketches, vintage photos, advertisements, and much more. A double-sided foldout timeline showcases important moments in Barbie history. Explore how the doll came to be, what it takes to create one of her many looks, and how her legacy continues to influence the world.

Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has been breaking boundaries and highlighting major moments in art, fashion, and culture. She has been an interpreter of taste and style in every historic period she has lived through and has reflected female empowerment through the more than 200 careers she has embodied. Today, an international icon, Barbie continues to spark imaginations and influence conversations around the world.

Barbie Forever is a vibrant celebration for the "Barbie Girl" in all of us. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)


Ruth Handler in the 1960's, photo by Mattel

Photo by Mattel

Photo by Mattel


Photo courtesy of Robin's website
Robin Gerber is a powerful speaker, best-selling author and historian. She will be on the upcoming CNN documentary series "American First Ladies," speaking about Eleanor Roosevelt, in early 2020. She has appeared on the History Channel and Biography Channel, as well as The PBS Newshour, CBS and FOX .

Her articles have appeared in USAToday, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other newspapers and magazines.

Robin is the author of the bestseller, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage (Penguin/Portfolio).

Her book about the founder of Mattel, Ruth Handler, is being made into a major motion picture by Reese Witherspoon and Bold Films: Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her (Harper/Collins).

Prior to becoming an author, Robin practiced law in Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill. She has studied and written about leadership development since 1975. (Bio adapted from Robin's website.)

Visit Robin at her website and on Facebook.


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Giveaway ends October 2nd at midnight EST.

22 comments:

Jane said...

Such nostalgia. I wish I never gave my Barbie, Skipper, Ken, Midge away. They'd be worth something.

Lisa Murray said...

My favorite Barbie was Malibu Barbie

John Smith said...

"Share a favorite memory about Barbie." Circa age 7 or 8, when I went to visit the house of a girl who was one of my best friends, she had a Barbie Dream House. It might have been a Malibu Barbie Dream House, I dunno. It was so cool! I always hated G.I. Joes--that whole militaristic crap--but maybe there should have been a G.I. Joe Dream House, with a hot tub, et al.!

JeanneK said...

I was and will always be a Barbie doll fan. She’s changed a lot over the years, but she is still every girl’s dream to own a Barbie doll. Thank you for the chance.

cindy r said...

THIS IS AWESOME!

traveler said...

I never did own any Barbie's at all but visited a friend who had many. back when I was young my parents were not able to purchase extravagant gifts.

Lori Thomas said...

Don`t recall having a favorite Barbie, just loved playing w/my Barbie dolls. I enjoyed collecting the Holiday Barbie`s.

dstoutholcomb said...

I was such a Barbie girl. My first Barbie was a brunette with a flip. My second Barbie was the Town & Country with a blonde flip.

I had more than the average number of Barbies for a girl growing up when I did.

I had the Barbie townhouse! Was really cool with the elevator.

I still have my pink case and a bunch of Barbie shoes.

I have a few collectible Barbies--I sold most of them.

I'm a Barbie girl!

Rita Wray said...

I have a collection of the Holiday Barbie's.

My favorite was the Malibu Barbie.

Nancy Payette said...

Gosh, I played with them for a while anyway. But not long until I went back to what I loved to do best back then...play outside. Don't know what their names were because they were second-hand toys. Didn't care either that they weren't new because they came in a big bundle with a ton of outfits.

Janine said...
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Janine said...

I didn't have a Barbie when I was growing up because my family didn't have the money for them. I had the knock off version. So, I started collecting them about 25 years ago. I have over 50 in my collection. My most recent purchase was the Day of the Dead one. My favorite is Medusa. My favorite memory of Barbies would be when my husband had a friend over helping him replace the tiles on the shower wall and he walked in the bedroom and saw my collection and told my husband "nice doll collection" and then laughed.

Mary Preston said...

I had a pilot Barbie. Very cool.

diannekc said...

I didn't really have a favorite Barbie.

Patricia said...

I loved that my aunt sewed wonderful, special clothing for my Barbies.

Jamie Gillespie said...

I would love to win this. Barbie was my life when I was a little girl. Then, when I had my daughter, I got to relive the magic with her! I always loved the Skipper doll for some reason. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance!

Summer said...

I didn't have a favorite, I loved all of them I had in my collection, and the clothes, especially any ballgowns.

bn100 said...

no fav

Kate Vocke said...

I love this! My mom and I used to sew Barbie clothes together!

Kelly Rodriguez said...

My favorite Barbie was Malibu Barbie.

starzine said...

Barbie at the beach.

jdarrell said...

I have q replica of the first Barbie in a striped bathing suit.It is my favourite.