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The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.

My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Simon Schuster
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Sarah I enjoyed the audio book which featured recordings of RBG reading many of the excerpts from the record. RBG is a fascinating and driven woman, and you…moreI enjoyed the audio book which featured recordings of RBG reading many of the excerpts from the record. RBG is a fascinating and driven woman, and you will learn about her as a writer and as an interpreter of law. There is no effort here to shine much light on her private life, and the best humor comes from speeches by her husband. It is really the original writings of RBG with a bit of intro or context, not a Kitty Kelly style bio of the woman. Pair this with Notorious RBG and you begin to get a fuller picture, but the fandom pov of that book makes it a little too light weight, I like the two extremes together, like salted caramel, they balance each other.(less)
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Angela M
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I listened to this in October, 2019. Today I’ve changed my rating from 4 to 5 stars . Rest In peace RBG .
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I knew before I started to listen to My Own Words that it was not going to be the same as “in my own words”, that it was not going to be read in total by Ruth Bader Ginsburg . I wish it had been. It’s not that actress Linda Lavin didn’t do a great job of reading some of RBG’s speeches and writings, in providing biographical information and a run down of her
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Jessica Jeffers
I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I'm kind of disappointed. I don't think I'm going to rate it at all because my disappointment primarily stems from the fact that I expected this to be an actual memoir when it's really a collection of old writing and speeches, edited and introduced by official biographers. It's interesting enough, but I didn't get as much from it as I wanted because it was significantly less personal than I expected.
Matt
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Reposting on the passing of a legend. You will be missed, RBG!

Biographies of strong women are greatly appealing to me, which led me to acquire and commence this book by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, supported (and likely guided) by Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. It was only after I began reading that I realised that I was again not receiving a memoir or biography, but a compendium of thoughts and reflections by a female Justice of the US Supreme Court, known in the vernacular as the Notorio
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Jean
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I heard an interview with Justice Ginsburg about her new book. Justice Ginsburg stated it was a collection of her writings and speeches since she was in the eighth grade. I have read a great deal by and about Justice Ginsburg over the years so was familiar with most of the material presented. Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams of the Georgetown Law Center are writing Ginsburg’s official biography which will not be released until after she leaves the Court. They wrote the opening introduction and a ...more
Nicole~
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Interpretation of Justice

She has been called notorious, controversial, scandalous, contentious, more recently said to have "lost her mind" (quote from an empty-headed jack-o'- lantern)..but that's ok- such attributes have made her an effective trailblazer and pathmaker in her judicial career. For the words from a petite 5' 1" female frame to be heard and pondered with a degree befitting the seriousness and impartiality required of the highest court in the land, they must erupt on occasi
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BrokenTune
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Before you start throwing things at me for giving this book such a low rating, let me make one thing very clear: The two stars are no reflection on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's writings or thoughts. If there was any reason I devoured this book, it is because I quickly became a fan of RBG when reading about her broad-mindedness and her passion for equality and her efforts to bring both into the shaping US jurisprudence. I would love to read more about her and her legal opinions, but not in this book.

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Cheri
A collection of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s essays and speeches, writings from her childhood, a glimpse of her life through eighty-plus years, including those of her as a young woman, the love she and her husband Marty share, and the various paths she followed in order to arrive at the place she has landed.

I wanted to read this, originally, but when my friend Angela reviewed this as an audio, I was intrigued. And while this is only in part narrated by Ginsburg herself, which were admittedly my favour
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Lorna
In My Own Words was a wonderful and comprehensive book by Ruth Bader Ginsburg published in 2016. While, I do not normally listen to audiobooks, this was an excellent format for this selection. Although the book is narrated by Linda Lavin, there are many sections that are the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from many of her speeches, classes, legal opinions and her writings. The book is dedicated to her husband Marty, as much of the book is a loving tribute to the powerful and beautiful partnership ...more
Conor Ahern
It's not an exaggeration to say that I fear the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg more than I do nuclear war. I feel like the country could possibly recover from the latter, but I'm really not sure about the former. This says a lot about the character of the Court in modern times--its politicization, the wisdom of having life tenure, the desecration of Gorsuch's confirmation, and not a small bit about how lucky we are to have such a brilliant, pioneering, charming person anchoring the liberal wing of ...more
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know anything about Ruth Bader Ginsburg before starting this book. Other than at some point in my youth, she miraculously appeared on the Supreme Court like some kind of judicial immaculate conception. All this is to say that for me she was not an icon, she was not anyone I could associate any particular words, legal positioning or political stances with. She was just a lawyer (insert pun here)!

She is no longer just anything anymore. Told using archive recordings, court transcripts and
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Jean
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been asked when there will be enough women on the Supreme Court, her eyes twinkle as she responds, “My answer is, when there are nine.”

My Own Words is much more than a biography or a memoir. It is also a collection of lectures, writings, and Court decisions by one of only four female justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court. I didn’t find it to be an easy read, even though it is not filled with difficult legal language. It does contain weigh
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Stephanie Anze
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a lawyer, advocate and most notably, a Supreme Court Judge. Over the years, she had become a worldwide icon, gaining the name of "Notorious RBG". Famous for dissenting when not in concurrence with her fellow judges, she has a manner with words that deliver powerful messages that resonate beyond the court's chambers. In this book, Justice Ginsburg shares her writing and how she has been influenced throughout her life.

Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Ruth Bader
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Lizbeth
Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a gift to this country. She is so wise, witty, and responsible. Her talent is beyond compare. Her passion for the Supreme Court and all it stands for is infectious. I found myself wishing I had gone to law school to become a judge while reading Ruth Bader Ginsberg's "My Own Words." Very interesting read and highly informative!
Daniel Chaikin
Mar 29, 2017 marked it as abandonned
I got about 2/3 through on audio (over 8 of 13 hours). It was worth the time I put into it, but there were large sections that were essentially repetitive or that didn't add much and that weren't necessary that interesting the first time. So, I decided to move on to another book.

Ginsburg is very interested in women's rights and in women becoming a growing part of the legal field and of the judges. She sees her life where the country went from having almost no female judges to having three on the
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Una Tiers
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a long time fan of Justice Ginsburg, I enjoyed much of this book. Who knew she was a supernumerary in operas and that she and another justice wrote one.
Her accomplishments are almost alarming. Highly recommended, but if parts don't suit, skip because there are treasurers within.
Lisa Montanaro
Fascinating memoir/biography about the incomparable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I thought I knew a decent amount about her but this book made me realize how little I really did. My knowledge of her just scratched the surface. I am in awe of her... as a person, lawyer, professor, wife, colleague, friend, trailblazer, researcher, feminist, and jurist. The body of work that she has contributed to our society, our law schools, our courts and our world is astounding. And she does it all with calm, grace, hu ...more
britt_brooke
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, perhaps I did this a bit backward. I read Notorious RBG first, but honestly the two books really do compliment each other. This one focuses largely on her career thus far in the Supreme Court, the importance of collegiality among justices, and of course, the art of dissenting. The audio version has several recordings of her speeches plus one from her beloved husband Marty that utterly filled my heart. RBG is truly an icon.
Jen
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gives samples of RBG's writing- from 8th grade, court cases, lectures, opinions and dissents. I adored her before reading this, but this reading has garnered even more respect and admiration after reading her relentless work. She is brilliant, thought provoking, and grounded. Added benefit: my vocabulary expanded tenfold. :)
Carolyn
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A balm. Especially recommending the audiobook...you get to hear RBG speak!
Feisty Harriet
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars, this is not the memoir I was hoping for. It is, instead, a collection of writings, briefs, official SCOTUS opinions, and transcripts of speeches from RBG throughout her professional life, with a little biographical information in the chapter headings and a few pages of photos. Some of the writing is fairly dense, official opinions and briefs from the Supreme Court are not exactly light reading. The span of RBG's career is covered, her work at the ACLU and her met ...more
Jayme
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I think it is a great concept, but I would've preferred more of a biographical style. Legal decisions don't make for a quick read, though it was worthwhile.
Rosemarie Donzanti
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Go Ruth Go! I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend listening to it as RBG’s speeches, essays, and writings are the actual recordings in her own words. A woman with non-mortal superpowers...her acute mental and physical ability fueled by very little sleep is absolutely astounding. I learned so much about the Supreme Court inner-workings and how this amazing woman thinks. I especially loved Part 5 of the book where RBG goes into detail on the “workways” of the Supreme Court and delivers ...more
Maya
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anything that touches RBG gets five stars.
Laura Noggle
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
After managing my own expectations based on a slightly misleading title— this book won me over.

I am a Notorious RBG fan through and through and I can only pray she doesn’t die until the presidency changes parties. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼
Diana Long
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A glimpse into the life and thoughts of one of the most admired and respected woman during my life time, this book was amazing. Being an audio edition of her book, parts were in her own voice and felt more personal. From her youth she was confronted with antisemitism but she didn't let that or the fact she was a woman stand in her way. She talks fondly and lovingly of meeting her husband who was not only her soul mate but a true partner in life, he couldn't have been prouder of her accomplishme ...more
Kelsey
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot express how much I loved this work. The closest I can get is when I die I'd like to be buried with this book. Despite the fact that she's been around & doing extremely important work for decades, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has only recently become this huge cultural icon, which I can't complain about. Which explains why it seems there's a bit of disappointment with this work; rather than a straight up biography it's a collection of her writings from the 8th grade up until July of this year tha ...more
Miss Murder
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
Actual rating: 2.5

I am so glad that I listened to the audiobook for a couple of reasons: (1) I loved listening to the archived recordings of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's speeches and decisions. (2) Linda Lavin's voice is just as great to listen to, and this is coming from an audiobook hater. (3) If I had read the printed version I would've fallen asleep multiple times.

This book is not a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A more fitting title would be "The History of the Supreme Court". The first 100 pa
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Natalie (CuriousReader)
Strangely advertised as a auto-biography when in fact being a collection of various writings and speeches of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; this book shows many fascets of a fascinating and impressive woman who has served as a member of the federal Court Justice for many years. Included in the book is everything from speeches given to graduate students, to bench marks and dissents of legal cases marking important points of American law and its development since its origin. While the book and its subject i ...more
Porter Broyles
This is one that you have to listen to. The audio book includes RBG's and her husband's actual audio, not a transcription.

This makes it a fun book. (Her husband was a real character and that is probably lost in print.)

This is a fun and informative book. Unfortunately, it is very repetitive. It is essentially RBG speaking on several topics/issues. As it is her actual presentations, you get to hear her provide the background/rationale on several different cases----over and over and over again.
Jess
I am inspired and in awe. The book highlights a terrific woman, one I aspire to emulate in professionalism and skill and sheer badassery. The book is largely a collection of essays, speeches and judicial writings and it works very well to shed a light on the mind and character of the Notorious RGB. The entire volume is very well-rounded with later texts referencing earlier content, I cannot imagine the effort it must have been to create a cohesive book from the sheer wealth of available work. Pu ...more
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Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) and one of three female justices currently serving on the Supreme Court (along with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan).

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