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This book is on my Top 5 list for 2013. It's a beautifully written story and an inspiration to anyone who has big dreams that seem impossible. I have newfound respect for Justice Sotomayor and the challenges she's tackled to become one of the most important women in history.
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The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself.  She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.

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"An intimate and honest look at an extraordinary life." Booklist

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"Inspiring....Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice." Publishers Weekly

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"Revealing... candid...graceful" Library Journal

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"Life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride" Kirkus Reviews

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“A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age....If the outlines of Justice Sotomayor’s life are well known by now, her searching and emotionally intimate memoir, My Beloved World, nonetheless has the power to surprise and move the reader....This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt....This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It’s an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

About the Author

Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this role on August 8, 2009.

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Cheri A Portman, February 8, 2014 (view all comments by Cheri A Portman)
So I don't read memoirs, as a rule. Seems kind of like screaming at the Beatles, but hey - book clubs are for expanding one's mind, right?

The world-expanding power of a book club worked, in this case. While 5 stars may be a stretch (the book isn't perfect), it impacted me enough to give it a glow or two.

Sonia Sotomayor is something wonderful, and it was inspiring to read her story. She's uber smart (of course), determined (duh), and has a human compass that I respect so completely. Every young woman should read this.

If I'd read it when I was 17, I just may be in a whole different career.

Absolutely will recommend this book to others.
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Cheri A Portman, February 8, 2014 (view all comments by Cheri A Portman)
So I don't read memoirs, as a rule. Seems kind of like screaming at the Beatles, but hey - book clubs are for expanding one's mind, right?

The world-expanding power of a book club worked, in this case. While 5 stars may be a stretch (the book isn't perfect), it impacted me enough to give it a glow or two.

Sonia Sotomayor is something wonderful, and it was inspiring to read her story. She's uber smart (of course), determined (duh), and has a human compass that I respect so completely. Every young woman should read this.

If I'd read it when I was 17, I just may be in a whole different career.

Absolutely will recommend this book to others.
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Carole Jeffers, February 6, 2014 (view all comments by Carole Jeffers)
This is Chief Justice Sonia Sotomayor's remarkable autobiography. In it she reveals her evolution from a child of a dysfunctional minority family to an adult at the highest peak in her chosen and beloved field of law. The book is a blueprint of how one can use strategy and hard work to fill in the gaps in a chosen field of endeavor. Sotomayor deals directly and clearly with her own perceived shortcomings and appears to be honest in revealing how she deals with them. She is quick to name names of those who have helped her and generous in her appreciation of all the issues that worked in her favor, such as affirmative action. The words that come to mind when describing her are transparent and trustworthy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345804839
Author:
Sotomayor, Sonia
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Biography-Lawyers and Judges
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20140107
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432

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Product details 432 pages Vintage - English 9780345804839 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This book is on my Top 5 list for 2013. It's a beautifully written story and an inspiration to anyone who has big dreams that seem impossible. I have newfound respect for Justice Sotomayor and the challenges she's tackled to become one of the most important women in history.

"Review" by , "An intimate and honest look at an extraordinary life."
"Review" by , "Inspiring....Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice."
"Review" by , "Revealing... candid...graceful"
"Review" by , "Life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride"
"Review" by , “A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age....If the outlines of Justice Sotomayor’s life are well known by now, her searching and emotionally intimate memoir, My Beloved World, nonetheless has the power to surprise and move the reader....This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt....This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It’s an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication.”
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