Book Review

CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG by Jeffrey Rosen

Rating: 4 / 5

I have been wanting to read more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, so I was happy to find a copy of CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG by Jeffrey Rosen at my favorite bookstore Bel Canto Books earlier this year on Indie bookstore day! It was one of the first books I thought of when building my #NonfictionNovember TBR!

CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG puts Ruth Bader Ginsburg forth in her own words. The author bonded with the justice over opera and began a lengthy friendship over time. Through their discussions and written correspondence, he is able to give us an insight into RBG’s thoughts on critical issues of law, the supreme court, her personal life and her public identity as the Notorious RBG.

I really enjoyed reading this one primarily on audio as the narration gives us two narrators so it really does feel like actual conversations taking place. I really enjoyed hearing some more about her take on critical issues like Roe v. Wade and her unique approach to issues of gender equality by taking on cases where men were denied rights given to women.

The audiobook also includes a portion of an actual recording of a conversation between the author and RBG live. My only minor complaint is that this portion lost a bit of impact having just heard the same exact conversation between the book narrators. I’m not sure how this could have been handled differently, but it would have been nice to have the actual conversation put into the primary work instead of as a duplicate in the afterward.

Overall, a very worthwhile read about a very amazing woman!

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