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ISBN13: 9780307594884
ISBN10: 0307594882
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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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"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, born poor in the South Bronx and appointed to the federal bench as its first Hispanic justice, recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. Her path to the highest court in the land was rife with difficulties, but it wasn't circuitous — from an early age, Sotomayor was determined to become a lawyer. To reach her goal she overcame diabetes, the language barrier (her Puerto Rican family spoke Spanish at home), the early death of her beloved alcoholic father, and — in the academic and professional worlds — the disparaging of minorities. In some respects, her story — that of a second-generation immigrant rallying familial support, educational opportunities, and plenty of ambition and discipline to realize the American dream — is familiar, but her extraordinary success makes her experience noteworthy. Sotomayor is clear-eyed about the factors and people that helped her succeed, and she is open about her personal failures, foremost among them an unsuccessful marriage. Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice. 16 pages of photos. Announced first printing: 200,000. Agent: Peter Bernstein, Bernstein Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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

Synopsis:

An instant American icon — the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court — tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir.

With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. 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-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father.

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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writermala, April 9, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
In August 2009, Sonia Sotomayor assumed the role of a judge in the U.S Supreme Court. She made history as the first Hispanic to occupy this privileged position.
"My Beloved World is the story of Sonia's rise from her humble beginnings to this exalted position. It is a touching story of love, family loyalty, and Puertorican History both in Puerto Rico and America.
Sonia Sotomayar despite her disadvantages made it to Princeton and Law School in Yale - at times people shot barbs at her accusing her of being a product of Affirmative Action, but her excelling in these schools are a testament to her capabilities and should be enough to silence those barbs.
My Beloved World is at once a memoir and a historical story. It makes for interesting reading.
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Amy Bruno, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by Amy Bruno)
It was the phrase "carrying around the weight of their sadness" right there on the first page that sucked me in. This is a great story about a great woman. Sonya Sotomayor tells a story that is totally worth reading.
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Melinda Ott, March 15, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I’m always a little wary of memoirs. Just because someone has a moving story does not mean they can write. And just because someone can write doesn’t mean they have a story to tell. Luckily, Sotomayor has a compelling story and is able to tell it with an authentic voice.

Sotomayor’s early years, with her “Big, Fat, Puerto Rican Family” read like a novel. From her relationship with her grandmother, to her father’s death, to her mother’s retreat, Sotomayor’s early life can compete with any epic novel. I almost��"almost��"forgot that this woman would be appointed to the highest court in the land and, instead, wondered if she’d make it through high school.

But she did and, once she headed off to Princeton, the story takes a turn. We can see how each decision Sotomayor made took her one step closer to her goals. Her life was not easy and it is obvious that, while some opportunities were within her reach thanks to affirmative action, it was her own hard work, determination and pure pluck that got her to where she is.

Before I read My Beloved World, I admired Sonia Sotomayor. Now, I consider her one of my personal heroes
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594884
Author:
Sotomayor, Sonia
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Biography-Lawyers and Judges
Subject:
Biography-Women
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.6 x 1.23 in 1.56 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, born poor in the South Bronx and appointed to the federal bench as its first Hispanic justice, recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. Her path to the highest court in the land was rife with difficulties, but it wasn't circuitous — from an early age, Sotomayor was determined to become a lawyer. To reach her goal she overcame diabetes, the language barrier (her Puerto Rican family spoke Spanish at home), the early death of her beloved alcoholic father, and — in the academic and professional worlds — the disparaging of minorities. In some respects, her story — that of a second-generation immigrant rallying familial support, educational opportunities, and plenty of ambition and discipline to realize the American dream — is familiar, but her extraordinary success makes her experience noteworthy. Sotomayor is clear-eyed about the factors and people that helped her succeed, and she is open about her personal failures, foremost among them an unsuccessful marriage. Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice. 16 pages of photos. Announced first printing: 200,000. Agent: Peter Bernstein, Bernstein Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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"
"Synopsis" by , An instant American icon — the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court — tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir.

With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. 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-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father.

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