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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  15,324 ratings  ·  2,105 reviews
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, the workways of the
Hardcover, 400 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 .
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
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. ...more
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
Dr. Appu Sasidharan

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This is the collection of speeches and essays of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), who was an American lawyer and jurist who passed away recently. She did her education at Cornell University, Harvard University, and Columbia University before beginning her career as a lawyer.

RBG was a Wonder Woman that every man wishes to have as their wife. When her husband was diagnosed with a severe medical condition, the way RBG took charge of the situation was really praisewort
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Over the last year, including this past summer, I scooped up a few Ruth Bader Ginsburg books and audios, hoping I would get to them soon. Unfortunately, I didn’t, but shortly after her death, I both listened to and read My Own Words. I highly recommend the audio, if you think you’d enjoy hearing RBG and her husband giving speeches, dissents, and more. It’s also narrated by Linda Lavin, and her accent melded perfectly with RBG’s. I was moved to tears many times over.

I personally don’t remember a
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
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.

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
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
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
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
MissBecka Gee
I thought going with an audio format for a book that included speeches would be a great way to ingest this volume. Instead I feel like I got 13+ hours of dry lecture time.
Some of the speeches were great (RBG's husband was a funny funny man), but for the most part it felt like I was being read a textbook.
I think this would have been better with a physical book and ingested in smaller portions between other lighter books.
I enjoyed learning about all the amazing dents & strides RBG made in law for
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF about 60% into the audiobook.

Not the books fault, the format just didn't work for me. I expected more the story of RBG's life rather than snippets of speeches she gave or things she's written combined into one volume. Again, my fault because I expected something different than what it was.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a legacy she left.
Clif Hostetler
The title of this book suggests it may be autobiographic in nature, but that's not the case. This book contains the barest bits of biographic information and is made up mostly of a collection of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's essays, speeches and statements from the bench. There are brief introductions prior to theses excerpts from her work to orient the reader within the context of her life and times. Readers who are not interested in reading legal briefs—this includes me—will feel like much of the book ...more
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
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! ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I really enjoyed learning more about RBG's incredible life and hearing so many recordings in her own voice (as well as her husband's). I only knocked one star off because there are sections that were very repetitive at times, mostly those referencing previous cases. That got a little tiresome, but overall a very interesting look into Justice Ginsburg's life and the way her impressive mind works. ...more
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
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
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.
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. :) ...more
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. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼
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
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. ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A balm. Especially recommending the get to hear RBG speak!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anything that touches RBG gets five stars.
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Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (LL.B., Columbia University, 1960; B.A., Government, Cornell University, 1954) was 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 was the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) and served alongside the two remaining women currently serving on the ...more

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