with Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams
Simon & Schuster - 2016
Born March 15, 1933, Joan Ruth Bader was the second daughter of Nathan and Celia Bader. Her older sister Marilyn died at the age of six of meningitis when "Ruth" was just 14 months old. From an early age Ruth loved to write and, at thirteen she was the editor of her school newspaper (some of those articles are included in this bio). She was awarded a full scholarship to Cornell where she met the love of her life Marty Ginsburg.
A few interesting facts:
- The writer who influenced her most was Vladimir Nabokov.
- She was very close to the late Justice Anthony Scalia despite the fact their views were very different.
I love RBG and all that she has done for race and equality. I couldn't wait to read this memoir but, I was expecting more of a biographical style and that was not the case.
This book is more about her writings, briefs and Supreme Court decisions which are covered in much detail. I learned a lot about the workings of the court selection and case processes. In many respects this book was a collection of all of RBG's writings from the age of 13 until the present. I do wish I listened to the audio version as there were actual transcripts of various cases.
Overall, I found this book to be very informative even though at times the material felt a tad heavy. I guess I was expecting a more personal flair and not as much history but I do recommend this book.