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My Beloved World Paperback – January 7, 2014
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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 ›
Whenever I review a famous person biography - or "memoir" as the Justice has decided to call it - I try to think how the book would read if the person writing it would be an ordinary person.
The book opens with the Justice's diagnosis of juvenile diabetes at age 7 - "not yet 8" - and how Sonia learns how to give her insulin shots to stop her parents from fighting about it. We see a little girl who lives in the the projects of the Bronx, raised by an alcoholic father - Juan Luis or Juli - and a nurse - Celina - who are constantly fighting. Her father dies soon after the beginning of the book, and we see Sonia raised in an extended family which includes her grandmother - abuelita Mercedes - and lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sonia's best friends are her immediate family and her comfort and support are drawn from it.
I found this part of the book to be quite endearing - a la Junot Díaz way - with multiple use of Spanish words and phrases to remind the reader of the Justice's background and culture. However as we move past Cardinal Spellman High School and on to Princeton and Yale Law School, the book changes in tone. The Spanish words and phrases diminish in frequency, and the reader is presented with the more professional side of the Justice.
This second half of the book I found tedious and boring. It becomes more of a who's who in the Justice personal life. The Justice apologizes in her introduction: "If particular friends or family members find themselves not mentioned...I hope they will understand that the needs of a clear and focused telling must outweigh even an abundance of feeling.Read more ›
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A very interesting and informative book up until she becomes a judge.Published 2 days ago by William J. Kuffner
A must read for all political junkies. Justice Sotomayor has written a very enjoyable, easily readable autobiography. Both her mental & emotional intelligence shines. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great story about overcoming difficulties and rising to the top. This book is well written and a great example for Latina women.Published 4 days ago by Nelly Montanez
As I read Ms. Sotomayor's story it reminded of me my own family. Being born in Puerto Rico, knowing the culture, and family traditions brought
back memories of my own... Read more
Personal, well written and very personable. Not just a story of a person succeeding though raised in "the projects". Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book is an incredibly detailed account of Justice Sotomayor's life and the people and experiences that helped to make her what she is today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KMS
A very readable first-person memoir of Sotomayor's childhood and young adulthood, leading up to her first judgeship in her thirties. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynne Spreen
Inspiring, such a wonderful insightful story. Sotomayor made me feel the similarities in her growing up in the Bronx my youth in rural Oklahoma.Published 1 month ago by Sherry