Black Doll Reference Books

by Debbie Behan Garrett

Book One:  In 2002, I signed a contract with Hobby House Press, Inc. to write the first full-color, Black-doll reference book ever published.   The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (2003) contains values and descriptions of over 400 vintage-to-modern black dolls.  

Within the confines of an author's contract, the book was limited to 400 images, 20,000 words, and 176 pages.  After six months of intense research, doll photography, solicitation of doll photographs from other collectors and artists, the manuscript was submitted and the book published by the summer of 2003.  This long-awaited book has received an average of 5 out of 5 stars on  This title is now sold out!

Book Two:  Black Dolls A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, published in full color without contract limitations, in 2008, contains 449 pages and features descriptions and values of over 1000 antique-to-modern dolls.  After Hobby House Press, Inc. closed their collector book publishing doors several decades after opening them, I queried other publishers who felt a Black-doll reference book was not needed.  As long as Black dolls are made, books about them are needed; therefore, I self-published my second book.  Within less than a year, final copies of Black Dolls A Comprehensive Guide... sold out!  Remaining are pre-publication copies (autographed author's proofs, plus CD of Chapter 4 in PDF format).  An author's proof with CD complement is available at the above title link.  In addition, the eBook format of Black Dolls  is available through Google Play. 

Book Three:  My most recent book, The Doll Blogs, When Dolls Speak I Listen (2010) is also available through Google Play as an electronic book.

Not a traditional doll-reference book, in The Doll Blogs, dolls, both old and new, blog their experiences over a two-year period as chosen dolls in my extensive and quite eclectic Black-doll collection.

The reader is taken on an imaginative voyage in doll-collecting world where I  meet and greet new dolls, reacquaint myself with old ones, and continue the passion for all as a doll whisperer, allowing the dolls to speak through me in blog-entry form.

If you love dolls, possess a vivid imagination, and enjoy combining the two, you will derive great pleasure reading The Doll Blogs, another first with reference to doll books -- written, edited, laid out, and published by me.  Doll photography is also by me.  Sample/buy the electronic version here.

The ultra-limited edition paperback version of The Doll Blogs is officially sold out!  The e-book is still available through Google Play.

Reader Reviews:
The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls
Black Dolls:  A Comprehensive Guide...
The Doll Blogs:  When Dolls Speak, I Listen, eBook reviews are here; paperback reviews are here and here.

A glowing review of all works by Paulette Richards, Ph.D. can be read here.

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