Saturday, March 26, 2016

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg
By Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Dey Street Books, 2015. 240 pages. Biography.

Inspired by the tumblr of the same name, Notorious RBG is not an in depth history, but a glimpse into the life of a feminist icon and activist who has made America better through her work as a lawyer and famously the second female Supreme Court Justice. In addition to personal accounts, the book includes interviews with colleges, former clerks, family, and friends, bringing an intimate portrayal of this inspirational woman in both her personal and professional life.

This book is a fun read, and certainly educational. Though some of RBG’s famous opinions and dissents are printed and broken down in the book, it’s not all legal jargon and law review. Some of the most enjoyable aspects are the lighter and historical fare, recounting her early struggles with sexism in law school as one of only a few women in the program, stories of her loving and supportive relationship with husband Marty Ginsberg (also a lawyer), the photos of both current and past RBG, ever stylish and bespectacled, and of course a chapter dedicated to her iconic lace collars.


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