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My Beloved World Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 15, 2013
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The book was engaging, and really demonstrates what hard work can accomplish. As she notes, she may not have been qualified when she made it to certain points in her life, but she worked her tail off to show that she was more than deserving, which can be seen by all types of objective achievements. I particularly enjoyed the sections of the book that discussed her work at the DA's office. If I had one major complaint, it would be that she was a tad bit too self-congratulatory. That could be my own stereotypes speaking, however! I have to push myself to decide whether I would feel the same way if she were a man. The fact is that she has accomplished more than most people can dream of, with far fewer tools. That can only come from intelligence, hard work and savvy, which she certainly should feel proud about. Good, quick read for anyone looking to learn more about Justice Sotomayor.
First, she affords the reader a remarkable perspective on affirmative action, which she readily admits touched upon her own life in terms of Princeton, Yale Law, and her selection as a U.S. District Judge. Her attitude is much more supportive of the concept than Thomas was in his sometimes angry discussion of the issue in his book. Sotomayor places emphasis upon affirmative action as providing an opportunity to work very hard, unbelievably hard, and to demonstrate what your true capabilities are. She discusses this concept several times at different stages of her book, and I am very appreciative for helping to develop my thinking on this important issue.
Second, I found her story most fascinating because it is, in microcosm, the story of Puerto Rican challenges in Hispanic New York. I knew very little about this culture before reading the book.Read more ›
I winced when the Justice gave herself an insulin injection on 60 Minutes; the incident repeats itself in the opening chapter, one that it reads more like a Dennis Lehane sequence, and the only thing keeping it from continuing on in this manner are the interjections, the lessons of a lived life, that every so often bubble up and infuse the text with didactic mannerisms. But even with them, the text flows easily, readers are engulfed in the lustrous prose because the language is steeped in verisimilitude with its seances, Abuelita and bisabuela, the neuropathy of a father bathed in alcoholism - the characters all alive, vivid, and brilliantly real. At some moments, you could be in the magical world of Marquez, as in: "vines snaked under iron fences and up balustrades. Chickens scrabbled under hibiscus bushes and bright yellow canario flowers. I watched the afternoon rains pour down like a curtain...". In other places, the regret of Joan Didion: "ballet class was a brief torture.Read more ›
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Well enough written to be a page turner, this book offers a most interesting life story and an ethnography of the warm and beautiful life of Puerto Rico.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely impress by the story of Sonia Sotomayor ! ( My Beloved World) ( I understand it is required reading for incoming freshmen at the Pomona colleges! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great Insight into Sotomayor's early years and family. The law philosophy eventually got a little tedious for me, but for anyone who really wants to know how she thinks, you will... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ernie
Insightful and thoughtfully written. So many connections to my own childhood that was different and yet the same in so many ways. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a human story, humbly written. It is a success story. Students of all colors and all social stations should read it.Published 11 days ago by XiangJiao
great read from middle to end the beginning was a little slow to startPublished 17 days ago by marcellis thomas
I did not know much about Sonia Sotomayor's early life and I have quite enjoyed reading this book.Published 19 days ago by Hill House
Great buy! Fast shipping and so well packed! I can't wait to start reading!Published 20 days ago by Mariana Nuno