Friday, December 04, 2015

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

The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik is a very entertaining, informative, and creative book of the profile of an extraordinary woman who is the second female justice of the Supreme Court. Collections of photographs all throughout the book document RBG's life inside and outside of the Supreme Court. There are comments in the margins, legal interpretations of her legal decisions, RBG's women's rights cases, and even RBG's workout regimen. The book is well-researched and written by a journalist from MSNBC and a lawyer who started the Notorious RBG Tumblr Blog where a lot of the visuals come from. The author's got to meet with RBG and there is a photo of each one of them with her in the book. RBG has become one of the most popular Halloween costumes in the past few years. There is a two-page spread in the book with people of all ages, even babies dressed as RBG for Halloween. I would say that this book would appeal to a younger audience because of items such as RBG's "swag" and an RBG rap song in the Appendix. The chapter titles are inspired by Notorious B.I.G. and are done by a graffiti artist. I found the letter that RBG's husband wrote professing his love to her right before he died very touching. Wow! The Notorious RBG is not a traditional history book, but there is a lot to learn in it, such as how the Supreme Court works. I highly recommend this book to people who want to read about a woman who has helped to change the world and is still out there doing it in her 90's!
The Authors
by Linda R. Hirshman.

Reviewed by Joan

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