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Notorious RBG: The life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

The book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik is the literary extension of the internet sensation #NotoriousRBG that celebrates Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The internet movement was spawned by Ginsburg's impassioned dissents that followed the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and left Ginsburg as the sole female justice until the appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  There's a tumblr, merchandise, hashtags across multiple social media platforms, and now a book.  

Carmon and Knizhnik put forth a well researched book that includes photographs and interviews with Ginsburg herself as well as her family and friends.  In addition to following Ginsburg's life, the book also illuminates the justice's career, including her work with the ACLU prior to her appointments to the D.C. circuit Court of Appeals and subsequently the U.S. Supreme Court.  Excerpts from several opinions and dissents written by Ginsburg are featured with commentary provided by legal experts.

This is an off beat, highly readable, hard to put down biography and account of Ginsburg's life and professional career.  In addition to the fascinating details of Ginsburg's biography and career, insight into the inner workings and personal dynamics of the Supreme Court, and a portrait of the loving partnership between Ginsburg and her beloved, late husband are also provided.  I highly recommend you check out this book from your library--you won't regret it.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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