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My Beloved World - Sonia Sotomayor
My Beloved World
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307594884 (0307594882)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 302
Edition language: English
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The Blogging of a Book Addict
The Blogging of a Book Addict rated it
4.0 My Beloved World
A truly outstanding and surprisingly personal look at the life of one of our nation's most inspiring and brilliant legal figures. If you are interested in law and politics and haven't read this book, I don't know what you're waiting for. And even if your interest lies outside of law, if you're looki...
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I have a great deal of respect for Justice Sotomayor and was very excited when she was appointed to the Supreme Court. I was very interested to learn about her background and her story and was glad to come across an inexpensive copy of this memoir. I would rate the author 5 stars for a life of har...
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it
3.0 My Beloved World
This autobiography describes Sonia Sotomayor’s life from her earliest memories to the time when she became a judge. It carefully avoids touching on her political opinions, focusing instead on personally formative experiences. These include her close relationship with her grandmother and her only rec...
Sad Books Say So Much
Sad Books Say So Much rated it
5.0 Read June 7, 2013
A thoroughly engaging memoir, in which Justice Sotomayor shares her impressive victories over seemingly insurmountable obstacles - but also, more compellingly, lays bare to the reader this legendary jurist's faults, weaknesses, frailties and insecurity.
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
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I am a fan of the Supreme Court. The interpretation of the Constitution, the legal opinions, the stories associated with the justices--I think it's neat. When Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the Court I didn't know much about her background, but following her opinions, I was impressed. Supreme Cour...
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