Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers a rare memoir of her private successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, together with her stunning friendship of practically 50 years with Supreme Court docket Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.4 years earlier than Nina Totenberg was employed at NPR, the place she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and practically 22 years earlier than Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court docket, Nina referred to as Ruth. A reporter for The Nationwide Observer, Nina was interested by Ruth’s authorized temporary, asking the Supreme Court docket to do one thing revolutionary: declare a legislation that discriminated “on the idea of intercourse” to be unconstitutional. In a time when ladies have been fired for turning into pregnant, usually couldn’t apply for bank cards, or couldn’t get a mortgage in their very own names, Ruth patiently defined her argument. That decision launched a exceptional, practically 50-year friendship.Dinners with Ruth is a rare account of two ladies who paved the way in which for future generations by tearing down skilled and authorized boundaries. It’s also an intimate memoir of the facility of friendships as ladies started to pry open profession doorways and remodel the office. On the story’s coronary heart is one, particular relationship: Ruth and Nina noticed one another not solely by way of private joys, but additionally sickness, loss, and widowhood. Throughout the devastating sickness and eventual dying of Nina’s first husband, Ruth drew her out of grief; 12 years later, Nina would reciprocate when Ruth’s beloved husband died. They shared not solely a love of opera, but additionally of buying, as they instinctively understood that garments have been armor for ladies who needed to be taken severely in a office dominated by males. Throughout Ruth’s final yr, they shared so many small dinners that Saturdays have been “reserved for Ruth” in Nina’s home.Dinners with Ruth additionally weaves collectively compelling, private portraits of different fascinating men and women from Nina’s life, together with her cherished NPR colleagues Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer; her beloved husbands; her friendships with a number of Supreme Court docket Justices, together with Lewis Powell, William Brennan, and Antonin Scalia, and Nina’s family—her father, the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg, and her “finest associates”, her sisters. Inspiring and revelatory, Dinners with Ruth is a transferring story of the enjoyment and true which means of friendship.
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