Synopses & Reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“The authors make this unassuming, most studious woman come pulsing to life.... Notorious RBG
may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously.... That I
responded so personally to it is a testimony to [its] storytelling and
panache.” — Jennifer Senior, New York Times
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame — she has only
tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.
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.
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.
“If you admired RBG before, Carmon and Knizhnik will make you fall in love with her, not only as a feminist hero but a human being.” Vogue
“What a wonderful book: The annotated dissents! The knockout photos! Why she likes to write through the night! The litany of big cases she won as a lawyer, and how she picked them! How she made Bill Clinton cry! Notorious RBG is a laugh-out-loud joy to read.” Rachel Maddow
“It's the combination of Ginsburg's woman-hear-me-roar history, her frail-little-old-lady appearance and her role as the leader of the Supreme Court's dissident liberals that have rallied her new fan base.” Gail Collins, New York Times
About the Author
Irin Carmon is a national reporter at MSNBC.
Shana Knizhnik is a recent graduate of the New York University School of Law and the creator of the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr.