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Dinners with Ruth : a memoir on the power of friendships / Nina Totenberg.

Totenberg, Nina, (author.).

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  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

3 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 920 TOT (Text) 33500013674759 New Checked out 12/16/2022
Moorhead Public Library 920 TOT (Text) 33500013682067 New Checked out 12/10/2022
Roseau Public Library 920 TOT (Text) 35500006611659 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982188085
  • ISBN: 1982188081
  • Physical Description: xiii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-288) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Bouillabaisse for Ruth -- The first stirrings of friendship -- Making friends and a few enemies -- Unexpected friends -- Friends and love -- Friends in need -- Friends of the court -- Supreme friends -- Friends and confidences -- Male friends -- Friends in joy -- Nourishing friendships -- Friendship and hardships -- Fame and friendship -- Friendship is a choice -- Losing friends -- Finding my father's long-lost friend -- Farewell to my friend -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, including her remarkable friendship of nearly fifty years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Four years before Nina Totenberg started working at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prize-winning reporter, and nearly twenty-two years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court, Nina called Ruth. A reporter for The National Observer, Nina was curious about Ruth's legal brief, asking the Supreme Court to do something revolutionary: declare a law that discriminated "on the basis of sex" to be unconstitutional. In a time when women were fired for becoming pregnant and often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a nearly fifty-year friendship. Dinners with Ruth is an extraordinary account of two women who paved the way for future generations by tearing down professional and legal barriers. It is also an intimate memoir of the power of friendships as women began to pry open career doors and transform the workplace. At the story's heart is one, special relationship: Ruth and Nina saw each other not only through personal joys, but also illness, loss, and widowhood. Ruth drew Nina out of grief during the devastating illness and eventual death of Nina's first husband; twelve years later, Nina would reciprocate when Ruth's beloved husband died. They shared a love of opera and shopping, as they instinctively understood that clothes were armor for women who wanted to be taken seriously in a workplace dominated by men. During Ruth's last year, they shared so many small dinners that Saturdays were "reserved for Ruth" in Nina's house. Dinners with Ruth also weaves together personal portraits of other fascinating women and men from Nina's life, including her cherished NPR colleagues Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer; her beloved husbands; her friendships with multiple Supreme Court Justices, including Lewis Powell, William Brennan, and Antonin Scalia, and Nina's own family--her father, the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg, and her "best friends," her sisters. Inspiring and revelatory, Dinners with Ruth is a moving story of the joy of friendship" -- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 August #1
    *Starred Review* Longtime NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg shares the engrossing and engaging story of her friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It's not surprising that these two powerful women became close confidants, despite very different upbringings. Both women came of age in the 1970s, a time when women were attempting to gain access to careers previously dominated by men. Totenberg and Ginsburg both often found themselves to be the only women in the room, and it was inevitable that their paths would cross. The author's smooth storytelling style effectively blends recaps of their developing relationship with landmark judicial decisions and political events. She offers fresh insights into the dealings of Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, but her personal anecdotes (she and Ginsburg once skipped a conference to go shopping; Ginsburg officiated at Totenberg's wedding), her numerous shout-outs to other women who helped her in her career, and her musings about the nature of friendship are the most compelling parts. Totenberg's story includes triumphs and failures, good times and bad, and a poignant account of Ginsburg's final illnesses and death. Expect considerable publicity and lots of well-deserved demand. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. She appears on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and on NPR podcasts, including The NPR Politics Podcast and its series, The Docket. Totenberg’s Supreme Court and legal coverage has won her every major journalism award in broadcasting. Recognized seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting, she has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. A frequent TV contributor, she writes for major newspapers, magazines, and law reviews.

Subject: Totenberg, Nina > Friends and associates.
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader, 1933-2020 > Friends and associates.
Radio broadcasters > United States > Biography.
Judges > United States > Biography.
Female friendship.
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader, 1933-2020
Totenberg, Nina.
Female friendship.
Radio broadcasters.
Women judges.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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