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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

    • History
    • 4.8, 466 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
466 Ratings

466 Ratings

Karissa_M ,

Thoughtful American Girls

I really have been enjoying this podcast, mostly because Mary and Allison are incredibly relatable, intelligent, relevant, timely, and hilarious people. I wasn’t sure at first if I would vibe with them because I LOVED Felicity growing up and they totally slammed her/Valerie Tripp, I think a bit unfairly (but I have to think about this more), in the first episode. And similarly, I don’t think I totally agree with everything they say, but I do love their banter and hearing their perspectives on various historical, literary, and popular topics.

The more I think about it, the more I realize how much of my past and present was and is shaped by American Girl. I loved the dolls and dressing them up and playing with them with my friends growing up, but what I really dug into were the stories and especially the historical 4 pages at the back of each book haha. I didn’t realize it then, but AG was really a significant part cultivating my great love for books and for history, just like Mary and Allison. I graduated in May with my bachelor’s degree in history and education, and in middle/high school I didn’t even know I loved history (no more AG + boring history classes). But while I was in undergrad, I connected the dots with my budding interest in studying history with my book-loving and especially history-loving childhood. I’m thankful for AG for exposing me to history as a child, and to this podcast right now for continuing to expose me to current historical perspectives and worldviews.

So many thanks to Allison and Mary, who are helping me think more and deeply about history and its connections to the present by sparking my curiosity in studying historical topics once more (it’s been a few months, haha) amidst the craziness of teaching middle school (history and literature—not really a surprise there :) Looking forward to more episodes!

Hannah VD ,

Revisit to my favorite childhood pals

I still remember when I received my Molly doll as a gift for Christmas when I was 5. I was so excited, and she remained my favorite for years to come. This podcast is an intelligent and witty commentary on these books and dolls that meant so much to me as a young girl. I’m so appreciative of the historical context and commentary, as well as the humor.

khobbs ,

My new favorite thing

This Podcast is both so funny and so smart. I was a huge AG kid and I love this critical deep dive into the books. Learning the pop culture and history around the books helps contextualize them and MY childhood. Also, this Podcast is so entertaining that my partner, a dude, for whom AG was not a pivotal part of his childhood, finds it so entertaining! We’ve been trying not to binge this pod. It’s great because we hear smart critiques from smart girls! Love it. This show needs to get picked up by a network.

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