My Own Words

  • by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
  • Narrated by Linda Lavin
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book contains a sampling selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America's most influential women.
This audiobook features archival original recordings of Justice Ginsburg’s speeches and bench announcements.

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Words you will want to make your own

If you are not clear on a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution versus a interpretation of a living document that needs to reflect the evolution of the country, this is a must read. If you are fascinated with true stories of extraordinary women, you will devour this read/listen. If you have a daughter, granddaughter, or niece you would like to inspire give them this biography.
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- Patrick Mabry, Jr.

Supreme Justice

What did you love best about My Own Words?

I loved hearing the actual voices of her husband and Justice Ginsburg. The recordings that were provided in Audible would only be read in a hard copy. Hearing the cadence of these voices added much to the book.


What did you like best about this story?

The honesty of some of the decisions and the logic and careful thought that goes into Supreme Court decisions ere some of the best points covered..


Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the opera created and about Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia who shared a love of opera and often attended operas with their families. Knowing that they wee close friends even though their beliefs were different, gave me pause to hope that more of us might be able to do the same.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Justice Ginsburg painting a human picture of Justice Scalia and her own family. I loved that her daughter stated that dad was the cook and mom used her brain! Very funny!


Any additional comments?

This is a must read/hear though I support hearing it. Linda Lavin does an expert job in the narration.

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- Beverly E. Van Citters

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio