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Author Totenberg, Nina, author.

Title Dinners with Ruth [text (large print)] : a memoir on the power of friendships / Nina Totenberg.

Publication Info. Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2022.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Large Type Non-Fiction  New Shelf  791.44 Totenberg,N TOT    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition Large print edition.
Description 457 pages (large print), 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Physical Medium large print (16 point) rdafs
Series Thorndike Press large print biography and memoir
Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-447).
Contents 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 -- Friends and confidences -- Supreme friends -- 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 "Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning 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, often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage in their own names, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a remarkable, 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. During the devastating illness and eventual death of Nina's first husband, Ruth drew her out of grief; twelve years later, Nina would reciprocate when Ruth's beloved husband died. They shared not only a love of opera, but also of 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 compelling, 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."-- Provided by publisher.
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.
Genre/Form Large type books.
Added Title Memoir on the power of friendships
ISBN 9798885785242 (large print) (hardcover)

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