Review: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon


Irin Carmon



New York Times Bestseller

Featured in the critically acclaimed documentary RBG

“It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would one day become the ‘Notorious RBG.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2019

She was a fierce dissenter with a serious collar game. A legendary, self-described “flaming feminist litigator” who made the world more equal. And an intergenerational icon affectionately known as the Notorious RBG. As the nation mourns the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, discover the story of a remarkable woman and learn how to carry on her legacy.

This runaway bestseller, brought to you by the attorney founder of the Notorious RBG Tumblr 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 as 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 transcended divides and changed the world forever.


Who is Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“She was the second female and the first Jewish female justice of the Supreme Court. She eventually became the longest-serving Jewish justice.”

What does her quote “When there are nine.” refer to:
Her famous response to a repeatedly asked question of when she thought there would be enough women on the court.

RBG has said many things over the years that are very quote-worthy. Last year a group of friends got together and surprised our friend by flooding her Facebook wall with RBG quotes and how those quotes reminded us of our awesome friend.

The quote I picked for my friend:
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I really loved how Justice Ginsburg’s husband was so supportive of her. He took up cooking because that was something Justice Ginsburg wasn’t good at and it was decided she needed to be phased out of the kitchen.

I loved learning all this information about RBG. I was sad when she passed last September but I’m thankful for all she’s done for human rights that will continue on.


Audiobook source: Hoopla
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Length: 5H 9M

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