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    A book for every Barbie in Barbie.

    Emily Temple

    August 2, 2023, 12:49pm

    Hi Barbie! Are you looking for a good book to read? Maybe to take to the Beach? And/or to bring with you when you go to the movies this weekend? I promise, it’s going to be right up your alley. And also pink, for outfit coordination purposes, of course. You’re welcome. Bye Barbie!

    Stereotypical Barbie: Emily Henry, Happy Place

    Barbie is everything. And she can stave off thoughts of death with Henry’s latest feel-good rom com. For a while, anyway!

    President Barbie: Casey McQuiston, Red, White, & Royal Blue

    This Barbie is President. And she totally thinks love can save the world. Or at least her evening in.

    Weird Barbie: Jen Beagin, Vacuum in the Dark

    This Barbie is always in the splits. And it’s left her with a satisfyingly insane sense of humor.

    Writer Barbie: Elif Batuman, The Idiot 

    This Barbie is a celebrated author. But she was once a mere overthinker obsessed with semiotics, just like you.

    Dr. Barbie: Ling Ma, Severance

    This Barbie is a doctor. And she knows you can’t die from nostalgia. But she gets it.

    Journalist Barbie: Chloé Cooper Jones, Easy Beauty: A Memoir

    This Barbie has a Pulitzer. And she knows good nonfiction when she reads it.

    Diplomat Barbie: Toni Morrison, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

    This Barbie is a diplomat. And she is always looking to the greats to figure out how to live in the world (particularly with other people).

    Judge Barbie: The New York Public Library, ed., The Stonewall Reader

    This Barbie is a Supreme Court Justice. And she’s good at it.

    Physicist Barbie: Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers

    This Barbie has a Nobel Prize in Physics. And she has some theories.


    Lawyer Barbie: Alissa Nutting, Tampa

    This Barbie is a lawyer. And she understands the ramifications but can’t help getting sucked in anyway.

    Mermaid Barbie: Julia Langbein, American Mermaid

    This Barbie is a mermaid. And everyone knows that mermaids love mermaids.

    BONUS: Ken: Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls

    He’s just Ken. And boy, does he love Barbie.

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