Notorious RBG


Notorious RBG is a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, written by a couple self-proclaimed ‘millenials’ (Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik). Its youthful take on the biography is immediately apparent upon flipping through the first few pages. It’s set up not like the dense adult biography that I’ve become accustomed to but like a middle school social studies textbook: shiny pages, large print, plenty of photos peppered throughout, short readable chapter with big red headings, and even bold words and phrases that have explanations in the margins. So I was very excited to see what this new biography experience would be like.

Unfortunately, it had another affinity to a social studies text: Although a sufficient primer into the life and accomplishments of RBG, it didn’t go very deep. For someone who knows next to nothing about her, like me, you’ll learn new things. The main thing you might take away is that she may look frail, but she can still do more push-ups than you. Impressive. And the authors were obviously also very impressed because it was one of the main focuses of the book. Another downside to the book was its poor organization. It moved back and forth through time, sometimes one paragraph to the next, leaving the reader to figure out where we are now in the timeline.

If I had it to do over again, I’d choose to pick up a more in-depth, bland-in-appearance biography. However, if you’re just looking for a quick read that can help you argue why RBG is the best supreme court judge at a party, then this book would be suitable.



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