"No Truth Without Ruth," | Reviewed by Chris Stuckenschneider
Our country weeps at the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a wondrous trailblazer, a pioneer for human rights who set the bar high for all of us. Abundant books for readers of all ages celebrate her life, among them picture books like “No Truth Without Ruth,” by Kathleen Krull.
This biography is a standout, an engaging read about an amazing judge, a gritty, “whip smart” woman who dedicated her days to serving her country.
The seeds for Ginsberg’s tenacity were sown by her mother, who stressed to Ruth that she could be anything she wanted—instilling in her daughter the importance of a good education. Sadly, Ruth’s mother died way too young, days before Ruth graduated from high school, a loss that affected the teenager deeply and molded her future.
Ginsberg finished college, married and went to law school with her new husband, who also was studying law; she was only one of nine female students in a class of more than 500. In those days, many opportunities were still restricted to females, but it didn’t stop Ginsberg from becoming a “change-maker.”
She persevered, had much success in the courtroom, and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter appointed her a Supreme Court judge.
The thrilling story of this “fierce fighter for fairness and truth” makes for an inspirational, timely read. German artist Nancy Zhang highlights Ginsberg’s life in spot-on illustrations that convey Ginsberg’s actions and emotions.