In Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law (Holt, $28), Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive offi cer of the National Constitution Center and a law professor at George Washington University, draws on twenty years of his discussions with Ginsburg to give a unique and fascinating portrait of the Justice. The two talk about everything from the future of Roe v. Wade and the #MeToo movement to the newest members of the High Court, and Justice Ginsburg opens up about her favorite dissents—some cases she would have liked to see overruled—and shares her insights on how to lead a life of compassion and equanimity. The mutual respect and admiration that Justice Ginsburg and Rosen feel for one another is apparent from the candid nature of the interviews, which illuminate one of the most important American heroes of our time. This book will bring you closer to Justice Ginsburg and leave you with a greater appreciation for her work and her legacy.
Maaza Mengiste, born in Ethiopia, made a memorable literary debut with Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, which won an NAACP Image Award and was named one of the Guardian's Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her highly anticipated second novel, The Shadow King (W.W. Norton, $26.95), is set in mid-1930s Ethiopia, where Mengiste reimagines Mussolini’s invasion from the perspectives of a sadistic Italian colonel, a Jewish Venetian photographer, and, most prominently, Hirut, an orphaned servant girl working for a wealthy family. A compelling and richly drawn character, Hirut is not content to watch history unfold but turns her considerable intelligence and resourcefulness to taking an active role in events, first by nursing the wounded, then by joining Hailie Selassie’s formidable force of female warriors. In a stroke brilliantly her own, she bolsters flagging hope among her compatriots by disguising a peasant as Haile Selassie when the emperor goes into exile. Facing rape and imprisonment, Hirut not only survives but inspires other women to actively resist the forces that threaten their homeland. Whether describing battlefi elds, domestic life, or interpersonal relationships, Mengiste’s cinematic prose evokes the full sensory experience of the time and place.