These new and upcoming books about toys and video games are for the grownups.
Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her (Collins Business) by Robin Gerber is the compelling story of entrepreneur Ruth Handler, who brought the world Barbie 50 years ago.
Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel (Wiley) by Jerry Oppenheimer puts the world's largest and most aggressive toy company under the microscope for a look at the "dark side of toy land."
Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (Focal Books) by Bill Loguidice is a history and nostalgia trip, complete with plenty of color art, for fans of the early days of video gaming.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor