Dolls, Books, and American Girls

In the last two years, I’ve been introduced to the culture of American Girls.  Living in a wealthy suburb, I watched my daughter interact with neighbors and classmates carrying around their very own personalized American Girl doll. For just a little over $100, you can customize a doll to look just like you.  But the spending does not end there.  Here in Chicago, we also have an American Girl store, equipped with a hair salon, where dolls can get their ears pierced ($14), face washed ($12), and their hair done.  For the sporty types, attire for their favorite athletic event probably exists: for example, for $34 you can have your doll ready for her upcoming soccer game.