Reading Sara Review: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhink

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


Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Dey Street Books; annotated edition 27, 2015

Rating: 8/10

RBG Rating

Amazon Book Blurb: 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.


Reading Sara Review: RBG is a total badass. I am so glad that interest in her has risen through the internet, and that this book came to be. This book is not the only biography on Ruth Bader Ginsburg – but with its modern twist, it is an excellent choice if you are interested in learning about one of the great leaders of our time.

It cannot be understated how much influence Ginsburg has had on today’s political climate in the United States (and I don’t mean this extremism that seems to be floating around right now during the Presidential Primaries). She pushed boundaries, she changed policies, and she followed her dreams – had a trying career and a baby when that was unheard of for that time. Ginsburg trail-blazed for many women today. She speaks her mind, but in a kind, and compassionate way. She has friends on both sides of the aisle. And she works hard. She has earned her rightful place because of that hard work.

I am not surprised that Ginsburg has become a viral sensation, but I am glad that she has. Her life has been far from easy. She has worked hard, and is passionate about her beliefs – and it shows. I don’t have much else to say except: read this book. Learn something new. You will be glad that you did.

“RBG believes that ‘women belong in all places where decisions are being made.’” Don’t you?






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