Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe history of Barbie, created by Handler and her husband Elliot, cofounders of Mattel Toys, is recounted here. The doll, which was ``born'' in 1959 and whose ``big boobs'' aroused controversy at the time, enjoyed such commercial success that the market was expanded to include her boyfriend, Ken, siblings and friends-all with their own wardrobes and accessories. Assisted by Shannon (Why It's Great to Be a Girl), Handler also bitterly recalls her 1970 mastectomy and forced resignation from Mattel in 1975, after she was indicted for preparing false financial records. Though she denied her guilt, in 1978, she entered a plea of nolo contendere because, she says, she did not want to ``jeopardize'' her latest commercial venture after leaving Mattel-a breast prosthesis business. This self-serving memoir reclaims Handler's ``motherhood'' of Barbie. Author tour. (Nov.)
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What a beautifully written story! I loved playing Barbie dolls during my adolsescent years...so what a pleasure to read about the creator of the Barbie doll. Interesting life story of a fine lady. Thank you to Mrs. Handler for our precious Barbie dolls and thank you to Ms. Shannon for working on this project and bringing this story to us.