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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 Library Binding 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 Library Binding 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.
In January, I heard an interview with Justice Sotomayor on NPR where she discussed her love of reading and how, as a child, books saved her during some dark times. Then they said she had published a memoir and, ten minutes later, I had downloaded it for my Kindle.
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.