Notorious RBG

Notorious RBG

The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

eBook - 2015
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Irin Carmon: I heard you can do 20 pushups.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Yes, but we do ten at a time. And then I breathe for a bit and do the second set.

Nearly a half-century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the octogenarian won the internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute. In a class of its own, and much to Ginsburg's own amusement, is the Notorious RBG Tumblr, which juxtaposes the diminutive but fierce Jewish grandmother with the 350-pound rapper featuring original artwork submitted from around the world.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg's refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation's highest court--with the fierce dissents to match--get to know RBG as never before. 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street Books, An Imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062425713
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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daysleeper236
Oct 07, 2018

Fascinating and inspirational, this book is also the basis for the excellent film "RBG".

ylpladults Aug 23, 2018

I found that this book worked best for me when discussing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. I liked it less when RBG’s legal decisions were read. If I had been reading the book instead of listening to it, I could have skimmed those bits and felt better about spending my time. I did check out the book afterwards and realized that I was missing a lot in not seeing the illustrations.

JCLKarynH Jul 31, 2018

I knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Notorious RBG) was a Supreme Court Justice, but I had no idea about her years of work for women's right and ending outdated gender norms and discrimination, her struggle to earn a law degree and to be respected for her work just like the boy lawyers, and helping to elevate others in their law careers. I loved reading about her public and private life and her happy marriage of equality with Marty Ginsburg. If you want to learn more about the woman behind the black robes and signature lacy jabots, this biography is easy and fun to read, has lots of pictures, and samples of her famous well-written court cases and dissents.

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ryner
Mar 13, 2018

Prior to picking up 'Notorious RBG,' my limited knowledge of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her work extended more or less to an awareness of a tiny, venerable woman currently serving as a Supreme Court Justice. I knew nothing about her personal history, her achievements in opening doors for women in the legal arena or the valuable work she has done in her 25 years as a judge on the highest court in the country. I'm at once encouraged, amazed and endlessly appreciative. Highly recommended for anyone, but would make an especially inspiring and readable biography for teens.

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cknightkc
Feb 06, 2018

NOTORIOUS RBG is a fascinating tribute to the extraordinary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality and civil rights who became a pop culture phenom and sparked the catchphrase, “Can’t Spell Truth without Ruth.” The book offers snapshots of her life and career with annotated excerpts from her briefs, opinions, and dissents on key cases. Here the legal vocabulary dragged a bit for me, but these sections were short and the comments helped my understanding. All this is balanced with personal photographs, illustrations, and little known trivia about this extraordinary woman. She loves opera, does not cook or drive, had a surprising friendship with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia, and as an octogenarian can still do 20 push-ups! The section about her 56-year marriage to her beloved Marty is notably touching (handkerchief recommended). But ultimately it is her incredible work ethic, intelligence, and words (see Quotes) that inspire me and others to advocate for justice in our society and country. Carry on RBG!

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friskm
Dec 20, 2017

I learned so much about RBG and what she has fought for and believes in and I would recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate a badass woman. In fact she could probably bench press me under a table. Could not recommend this book more! 1000 stars out of 10.

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Indoorcamping
Dec 01, 2017

I read this while everyone else was playing on the beach. It was better than whatever anyone else was doing. It may not be for everyone but it was the best thing I've read for a long time. A touching, humorous, informative book on one of our greatest minds. Don't you love a bright star with humble beginnings?

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spiderfelt_0
May 13, 2017

This was a seriously disappointing tribute to a phenomenal justice. It was neither particularly readable (filled with complex legal language) nor engaging. Look for My Own Words for a better picture of this remarkable woman. A lover of language, and student of Vladimir Nabokov at Cornell University, her life should read in her own fine words.

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CarleeMcDot
Feb 14, 2017

If you don't know who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, you are missing out. She has been a GIANT in the women's rights movement, but not only has she been making life better for females, she is making this world a better place for EVERYONE! Originally I thought this might be a difficult read, with a lot of legal jargon, but I was struck, page after page, by how much RBG's passion is woven into everything she does.

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Riddlereads
Oct 11, 2016

Staunch: adjective. 1. Very loyal and committed. 2. Of sturdy construction. This is RBG. And this is a wonderfully creative book about her. A must read for anyone who cares about equality for all and RBG's mission to make it happen.

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OPL_MelanieS Sep 18, 2018

"I just try to do the good job that I have to the best of my ability and I really don't think about whether I'm inspirational. I just do the best I can." - RBG 2015

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cknightkc
Feb 06, 2018

“I’m going to tell you the secret of a happy marriage: It helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” (advice from RBG’s mother-in-law)… “Sometimes people say unkind or thoughtless things, and when they do, it is best to be a little hard of hearing - to tune out and not snap back in anger or impatience.” - p. 32

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cknightkc
Feb 06, 2018

“The pedestal upon which women have been placed has all too often, upon closer inspection, been revealed as a cage.” - p. 57

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cknightkc
Feb 06, 2018

“Generally, change in our society is incremental, I think. Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” - p. 60

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cknightkc
Feb 06, 2018

"Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” - p. 179

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