December 14, 1998 12:00 PM

by Marco Tosa

Barbie may be pushing 40, but she’s only picking up speed. One minute she’s on Star Trek’s crew; the next she’s modeling the latest igloo wear or running for President. She’s had every look short of Steam Pipe Fitter Barbie, and still works overtime as a cultural metaphor. The splashy, silly photos will delight anyone who’s ever played dress-up. (Abrams, $19.95)

Bottom Line: Thin but fun

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