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Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion Paperback – January 1, 2008


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Debbie Behan Garrett (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615242022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615242026
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Garrett's interest in collecting black dolls commenced after the 1991 catalogue purchase of a 'collectible' porcelain doll intended as a gift for her daughter. After the doll's arrival, the decision to keep the doll and to begin a collection ensued. Her avid interest in black-doll history prompted research on dolls made during and before her childhood. She began freelance writing in 1998 for Black Doll-E-Gram. Prior to writing her first black-doll reference book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, Hobby House Press, Inc., 2003, Ms. Garrett's efforts to connect with other like-minded collectors culminated in founding the WeLoveBlackDolls Yahoo! Group, in January 2001. In February, 2002, as co-founder and editor of The Black Doll-E-Zine, 'the first and only e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls,' her doll research, writing, and networking with doll collectors and artists continued.

In 2008, Garrett self-published Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, a full color book which references and values over 1000 black dolls. Her most recent work, The Doll Blogs: When Dolls Speak I Listen, first introduced as an eBook and sold through Google Play, became available as an ultra-limited edition paperback in April 2011. The Doll Blogs is the first book featuring dolls that blog.

As an associate member of Motor City Doll Club, Garrett is also a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs and has contributed to UFDC's Doll News quarterly publication. Garrett's articles have also been published in Doll Castle News, Contemporary Doll Collector, British Doll Showcase, DOLLS Magazine, DollReader, and Fashion Doll Quarterly. Since 2008, she has maintained the Black Doll Collecting blog at Blogspot.com

A native Texan, Garrett is the married mother of two adult children, and doting granny of two precocious boys. Her non-doll-researching/collecting time is spent working as a CMT-credentialed, home-based auditor for a leading global provider of clinical documentation.

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Debbie has done it again!
Dorothy M. Singleton
Definitely a must have for the avid doll collector.
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This is a very well written book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Hayes on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! FAIR VALUES LISTED! COME ONE, COME ALL TO READ THIS MUCH APPRECIATED BLACK DOLL VALUE GUIDE! DEBBIE, YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN! ITS THOUROUGH! IT'S COLORFUL! IT'S INFORMATIVE! IT'S CREATIVE! IT'S PASSIONATE! AND IT'S AVAILABLE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl J. Bruce on March 25, 2009
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Debbie Garrett is becoming one of the foremost experts on black doll collecting. She has once again demonstrated her wealth of knowledge by writing this informative and entertaining book about the wonderful hobby of black doll collecting. Whether the reader is just looking to enjoy pictures or is researching black dolls the book will bring enjoyment to the reader. Keep up the good work, Debbie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana on March 25, 2009
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Debbie Garrett has outdone herself in creating this comprehensive book about ethnic dolls. Not only does this book showcase hundreds of rare black dolls, but also provides the reader with tips on collecting and maintaining dolls. You will be amazed at how many wonderful ethnic dolls are out there (and how many you are tempted to add to your own collection!)

At last, the doll world has a thorough and well-documented source for information on black dolls!
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I was looking for information about a doll that I have had since childhood, value, history, etc. I found a lot of the information that I was looking for, plus more! This book not only gives values, but for some of the dolls tells more. The book was shipped from the Author, and she had autographed it, which was an added bonus. This book is informative plus entreating reading.
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I had no expectations, I want to read all I can about Black Dolls. I have a few but never realized others felt the same I did and taken it to levels that I cannot imagine.
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Living out of USA and loving black dolls, I think this book is mandatory for any international black doll collector interested in the american black doll industry production after 2003, year of Debbie Garrett's first guide. Her 2 guides are for 2000's what Myla Perkins' guides were for the 90's: description and picture listing of almost every possible african american doll in the market.
Debbie Garrett's guides are unique tools for us to get the choices of black dolls we love.
Congratulations, dear writer! Your guides are forever.....
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Debbie Garrett is the top in black doll references. I purchased this book as soon as it was available for sale! I love the detailed information and the wonderful pictures too! I especially like the section on Little Girls and their dolls. What cuties! Definitely a must have for the avid doll collector.
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By Bonnie Lewis on March 3, 2009
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Another great book by Debbie Garret!This is the most detailed fascinating book on collecting Black dolls I have read in the last couple of years!Historical information,collecting tips,care and exhibits along with 400 pages of full color pictures and descriptions makes for a book that is hard to put down.This is definitely a required book for the collector!
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