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Justice Ginsburg Writes First Book Since Joining the Court

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 16, 2016 6:58 AM

There's a new addition to the Notorious RBG canon coming out soon(ish). Justice Ginsburg is penning a new book, My Own Words, to be released January, 2017.

The book, a collection of her writings and speeches on feminism, Judaism, the law, and the Court, will be her first published book since she was appointed as a justice in 1993.

Her Own Words in My Own Words

For Ginsburg fans, My Own Words promises to be a great read. According to Simon and Schuster, the book's publisher, the work will bring together Justice Ginsburg's writings on "wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the U.S. Constitution."

It is not just an exercise in collation, though. Ginsburg will pen an introduction to the book, while Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams, both professors at Georgetown Law, will select the writings to be included and author introductions for each chapter. The two are also writing an authorized Ginsburg biography, to be published sometime in the future.

Can't Wait a Year?

If your RBG addiction has you jonesing for some Ginsburg writing, you don't have to wait 'til 2017. There are already several books out there with Ginsburg's name on them. Sure, they're not all best sellers. There's, for example, Sex-Based Discrimination: Text, Cases and Materials, from way back in 1974. You can even find monograph, 'Selective Survey of English Language Studies on Scandinavian Law,' on Amazon. (Sadly, it's temporarily out of stock.)

If you're looking for something a little less academic, you might want to try Some Memories of a Long Life. Ginsburg wrote the introduction to this autobiography of Malvina Shanklin Harlan, wife of Supreme Court Justice, and lone Plessy v. Ferguson dissenter, John Marshall Harlan. Ginsburg discovered Harlan's unpublished manuscript when researching women and the Supreme Court.

And then there are the books about Justice Ginsburg. Notorious RBG is, of course, a must have. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book is another essential -- and it's free.

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