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


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Product Details

  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,986 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!
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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 Diana on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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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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By David E. Hawkins on February 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Incredible is the only word I can come up with when I think, talk about or read this book. Debbie has gathered, information, pictures, backrounds and wonderful presentation that it is hard for me to put this book down.Debbie's first book was the third book I added to my collection and now this book is the fourth. I use to spend a lot of time on the computer trying to get information about the dolls that I have aquired but now I can just sit in the comfort of my easy chair and read on and on and on. Boy does time fly. Thanks Debbie and I applaud you for all your hard work and I will enjoy it for a very long time. Rose Hawkins
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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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By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is well organized and through. It offers an abundance of valuable information for those who already collect black dolls and for those who are just getting a start. Debbie has included just enough detailed information to spark the reader's interest to further investigate the artist and their creations. The same use of concise information created the opportunity for an enormous number of creative and talented artists to be included in her wonderful book. This one is a must have and definitely makes a great gift!
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I'm very glad thatI own this book it is very colorful and full of life, I love that there are tones of pic and detailed information on each doll, and since I love black dolls I would have not missed out on this book at all. The size is perfect fits right in my purse and I love that, cuz I can carry it around for friends to see. Debbie thank you for my signed copy I look forward to getting more books from you in the future. GREAT BOOK!!!!!
Cathy B.
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I love this book! I carry it with me everywhere, because of the compact size. Debbie's descriptions are exacting! Color photos are clear & detailed! The extra personal touch of Children with their dolls, brings back childhood memories. I recommend it highly because, not only is it excellent, but a wonderful guide to African American Doll Collecting.

And Thank You So Much for featuring my favorite doll, Jimmy!!!!
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