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The series you loved, book by book. Join Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney as they explore the wild world of American Girl fandom. In each episode, Allison and Mary will dive into an American Girl book from their (and perhaps your) childhood. Using their knowledge as professional historians and finely tuned instincts as amateur pop culture critics, they’ll take you back to a very different time—the 1990s.

American Girls Allison and Mary

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    • 4.8, 557 Ratings

The series you loved, book by book. Join Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney as they explore the wild world of American Girl fandom. In each episode, Allison and Mary will dive into an American Girl book from their (and perhaps your) childhood. Using their knowledge as professional historians and finely tuned instincts as amateur pop culture critics, they’ll take you back to a very different time—the 1990s.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
557 Ratings

557 Ratings

Bridget_in_Brooklyn ,

I’m deceased

I vividly remember pouring over the AG mail order catalog FOR YEARS before Santa finally delivered Molly to me and Samantha to my sister. (Our choice of AG dolls says all you need to know about us.) Fun fact, Santa couldn’t afford any accessories so my young fingers had to hand sew her bedding & then I commandeered an old crib from our basement to ensure her utmost nighttime comfort.

Thank you to Mary & Allison for such great insights into the historical context while also making me laugh out loud on the subway like a crazy person. Molly 4 Eva!

Millenial in rose glasses ,

Passersby watch me laugh/cry to this podcast

I knew I had to write a review of this podcast when several people at the crosswalk stared at me while I laugh/cried to the discussion of Ben Franklin and the Fyre Festival. I have never actually written a podcast review but here we are.

This podcast is for people who were influenced by the American Girl canon, are willing to take a critical look at the series, and enjoy extensive pop culture references. I have a friend (a rather sensitive Felicity) who just could not take the criticism. Be warned: the hosts are not generous to our beloved childhood characters. But they are thoughtfully critical of the books from a historical lens. Their cultural commentary is hysterical (see above). Their banter is some of the best I’ve heard, and despite my dearth of podcast reviews I actually listen to multiple each day. The fan fiction is gold.

My one wish is that they gave a little bit MORE historical context. I would have loved to have learned more about relationships and tensions between revolutionaries and loyalists, for example, or the specifics of apprenticeships. It seems like there is an opportunity there for those of us who really just want to take a history class as an adult and escape from the drudgery of corporate life. But I digress.

You should listen to this podcast and unashamedly laugh and cry simultaneously while walking your dog in a large metropolitan area surrounded by people. Your life will be better for it.

Abby not Abigail ,

Enjoy the American Girls podcast!

Enjoy learning about perspectives and ideas within the American Girls podcast!

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