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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

Published: 2015-10-27
Hardcover : 240 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Featured in the critically acclaimed documentary RBG

“The authors make this unassuming, most studious woman come pulsing to life. . . . Notorious RBG may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously. . . . That I responded so personally to it is a ...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Featured in the critically acclaimed documentary RBG

“The authors make this unassuming, most studious woman come pulsing to life. . . . Notorious RBG may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously. . . . That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to [its] storytelling and panache.”— Jennifer Senior, New York Times

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.

But nearly a half-century into her career, something funny happened to the octogenarian: she won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg's family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.

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What was the overall theme of the book? Some underlying themes?
What do you take from her relationship with her mother? What about her mother as role model?
Why do you think younger people are drawn to her? Why is there a insurgence in her popularity?
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by Bevstein (see profile) 09/09/20

 
by Beth A (see profile) 12/14/18

 
by Ljwagoner (see profile) 09/21/18

Loved learning more about this amazing woman!

 
by Carolahayes (see profile) 12/28/17

 
  "The Notorious RBG"by wlreader (see profile) 11/22/16

Learned a lot about the operation of the court and the amazing details of her life. Fascinating book..

 
  "Glad we read it"by pdobersztyn (see profile) 10/14/16

I had very little knowledge of RBG or what she has accomplished in her career. This book was a fun look into her life. Everyone learned a bit about RBG, and was glad we were able to gain that information.... (read more)

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