Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships

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5.86 X 8.69 X 1.19 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author
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 Politics Podcast and 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.
"Readers will come away with a fuller portrait of RBG, but also a wonderful rendering of Totenberg's friendships and perhaps a deeper appreciation for their own."-- Shelf Awareness

"Engrossing and engaging... Totenberg's story includes triumphs and failures, good times and bad, and a poignant account of Ginsburg's final illnesses and death." -- Booklist (starred review)

"An affectionate, revealing portrait of an important figure in American history." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Luminous... Riveting... it's Totenberg's writing about the personal hardships they overcame together-including the death of Totenberg's first husband, Sen. Floyd Haskell, and Ginsburg's bouts with colon, pancreatic, and lung cancer-that imbues her narrative with emotional depth, making this portrait of friendship all the more captivating. Readers are sure to be charmed." -- Publishers Weekly
"A genial, likable tone. Totenberg's stories are lively but never go on too long; she appears to reflexively turn the reader's attention to the generosity or small kindnesses of others. She writes, without pretension or self-congratulation, about moments of journalistic triumph of which she has every right to be proud...Her final display of friendship in this book entails laying bare just how frail Ginsburg truly was -- and how extraordinary she was to persevere and inspire for as long as she did." - The New York Times Book Review

"Count me among those who rely on NPR reporter Nina Totenberg's crystalline explanations for all things legal, especially Supreme Court arcana -- no one is clearer and more incisive...[Dinner with Ruth] is a memoir about Nina Totenberg, a jaunt through her captivating life and career, nose for the jugular, and forthrightness about her joys and sorrows... What's not to enjoy about being in Totenberg's sparkling company for an entire book?" - NPR

"Dinners With Ruth is really three excellent books: a memoir of Nina Totenberg's relatively blessed life; an anecdotal account of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's; and, finally, a paean to the bond of friendship, which, like fine wine, gets better with age." - Star Tribune

"A warm, deeply felt homage to friendship, to what it means to show up and be present for each other, especially in difficult times." - Washington Independent Review of Books

"Totenberg is the voice of authority on all things related to the U.S. Supreme Court... Dinners With Ruth is about the evolution of the author, who started out 'fiercely independent and doggedly focused' and became 'humbled by events and challenges beyond my control.'" - Washington Post
"The over-arching theme of this deeply satisfying, beautifully written memoir, is the incredible power of women's friendships to sustain and enrich our lives as we balance conflicting pressures and persistent barriers, in sickness and in health and despite heart-breaking loss."-- ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC News Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor

"Even if the women at the center of the story were not trailblazing boundary-breakers, this would be an extraordinary tale of a lifelong friendship. The fact that Nina and Ruth are each legends in their own right makes this a must-read for anyone with an interest in history, politics, the law and media." --ARI SHAPIRO, Host of NPR's All Things Considered

"Outsiders think of Washington as a place of poisonous rivalries, not deep friendships. Nina Totenberg knows differently. "Dinners with Ruth" is a spectacularly charming account of Totenberg's five decade-long friendship with the celebrated justice. It is also something more--an inspiring love song to the imperative of lasting friendships and an instruction manual in how to nurture them." --RUTH MARCUS, associate editor and columnist, Washington Post

"A page-turning, endearing look at two remarkable women, friends, and role models. A captivating read, I found it hard to put this book down."-- DAVID RUBENSTEIN, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group and author of How to Lead and How to Invest