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My Beloved World Paperback – January 7, 2014
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2013: Happily, it is becoming a familiar story: The young, smart, and very hardworking son or daughter of immigrants rises to the top of American professional life. But already knowing the arc of Sonia Sotomayor’s biography doesn’t adequately prepare you for the sound of her voice in this winning memoir that ends, interestingly, before the Yale Law School grad was sworn in as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Hers is a voice that lands squarely between self-deprecating and proud, grateful and defiant; a voice lilted with bits of Puerto Rican poetry; a voice full of anger, sadness, ambition, and love. My Beloved World is one resonant, glorious tale of struggle and triumph. --Sara Nelson --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
*Starred Review* When Sotomayor joined the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009, she made history as the first Hispanic on the high court. She’d also achieved the highest dream of a Puerto Rican girl growing up in a Bronx housing project longing to someday become a judge. In this amazingly candid memoir, Sotomayor recalls a tumultuous childhood: alcoholic father, emotionally distant mother, aggravating little brother, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins, all overseen by her loving, domineering paternal grandmother. When she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at eight years of age, she knew she had to learn to give herself the insulin shots. That determination saw her through Catholic high school, Princeton, and Yale Law School, at each step struggling to reconcile the poverty of her childhood with the privileges she was beginning to enjoy. No rabble-rouser, she nonetheless was active in student groups supporting minorities. At Yale, she learned how to think about jurisprudence, but readers looking for clues to her judicial thinking will be disappointed as she deliberately demurs. She recounts complicated feelings toward her parents and her failed marriage as she advanced to the DA’s office, private practice, the district court, and, triumphantly, the Supreme Court. Sotomayor offers an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A media blitz will attend the release of this already newsworthy memoir by the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Justice Sotomayor is the culmination of the perfect storm: A lovely summer storm that clears out the stink and gives hope that the sun may shine in the morning.
Yet throughout her memoir the reader follows her journey of non-traditional choices that opened not only doors to the American Dream but strengthened her belief in herself to take a next step into the unknown, first in grade school, then admission to Princeton, followed by Harvard Law and ultimately as the first Latina on the Supreme Court.
Sonia Sotomayor writes as an outsider, but in reality shares a secret that others with entirely different backgrounds also face, not being accepted as part of a prevailing "in group". She shows what other outsiders learn, that you have to believe in yourself and that with study and hard work, valuing your family and friends, you can succeed in making your dreams a reality.
back memories of my own childhood. At some point brought tears to my eyes and laughter of what life was like back then. I too lived away from the island, while not in NY, there were similarities in our story. Thank you Ms. Sotomayor for writing your life story. It gives people the hope that no matter how simple our beginnings are we can accomplish our "big dreams".
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