- Title: My Beloved World
- Author: Sonia Sotomayor
- ISBN: 9780307913111
- Page: 384
- Format: Audio
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 powerThe 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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As the biography journey begins its final days, I returned to yet another female Justice of the US Supreme Court. I sought not only to learn about a strong woman, but also one who will lay out a strong memoir to shape her rise to judicial prominence. While some will remember my reviews of pieces by Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg during this biography binge, they proved highly informative, but lacked a true chronological build-up and left me wanting more. Justice Sonia Sotom [...]
It is a rare event for any political memoir to exhibit anything like true honesty, feeling, and candor. This book was a pleasure to read. I'd even pass it along to my mother.Justice Sotomayor's legal opinions and courtroom style are a tough, 'just-the-facts' approach, and it is easy enough to see the roots of this toughness in her own upbringing. South Bronx, juvenile diabetes, Catholic education, father died young. Yet instead of becoming wholly cynical from this or her later trials, this feeli [...]
I picked this up because I had heard Justice Sotomayor on NPR and found her so charming and so brilliant that I was curious about her biography. The woman knows how to tell a story! I was captured on the first page. From the moment when she teaches herself how to administer her own insulin shots at the age of 7, she reveals herself to be brave, determined and strong. Sonia's father was an alcoholic and her mother, while devoted to her children, was overburdened and overworked. As a young girl, S [...]
Wonderful and an inspiring memoir! enjoyable,someone with a great personalitycommend (paperback!)
By far the best political memoir I've read since Condoleezza Rice's Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. It doesn't diminish these political women's careers that they write so intimately about their families or refuse to mythologize their minority rags-to-riches stories.Sotomayor is immediately likable and increasingly admirable in this genuine working class hero's tale. It's about time women of accomplishment wrote classics about self-invention in the American landscape. From an [...]
I admire Sonia Sotomayor, born in 1954 of Puerto Rican lineage, she grew up in the Bronx. She shared the poverty and squalor off many of her Hispanic compatriots. Today she is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Judge. She studied at Princeton, followed by graduate studies at Yale. Valedictorian of her high school class, she graduated summa cum laude at Princeton. This is a rag to riches story - except that she has never sought financi [...]
The Hook - Fourth Tuesday Book GroupThe Line – ”I wouldn’t get to see California until my second summer at law school. I remember driving the freeways with palm trees in view and thinking of Gilmar, among other friends I’ve lost touch with who may never know what memories they’ve left behind in my keeping.” Sonia SotomayorThe Sinker – One thing I love about our library’s non-fiction group is that it encourages me to read books I would never pick up on my own. There are times when [...]
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic appointed to the United States Supreme Court, has written a candid memoir about her life leading up to that appointment in 2009. Her young life began in a Bronx housing project with an alcoholic father who died young, and a mother who worked long hours as a nurse. Sotomayer had a warm extended family who gathered at her paternal grandmother's home. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 7, and learned to give herself the insulin shots. She was self-reli [...]
This was a great book. Sonia Sotomayor is a fascinating woman and I enjoyed reading about her life. There are several things that stood out for me. First and foremost is that she always found the smartest person she could and asked for help. How many women (and men) are too competetive, too shy, or too intimidated to do that? Second, she isn't acquisitive (i.e she doesn't have a lot of stuff). And because of that she never seemed to be that interested in making a lot of money, therefore she took [...]
I really liked this biography, not because it tells us how to grow up to be a Supreme Court justice but rather, what it is like to start out poor in the South Bronx, speaking only Spanish, and make the transition to the power elite. Sotomayor descibes the journey from the lowest socio-economic class to the upper echelons of academia and the law; not that she always knew where she was heading. We talk about America as the land of opportunity, but so many of us are unaware that the opportunity exi [...]
I had the good fortune to hear Sonia Sotomayor speak last week, and within hours I had downloaded her book. A warm and articulate speaker, she made me want to know where she came from. She is a remarkable woman, focused and driven from an early age.As a sitting justice, she must steer clear of comments that can be construed as bearing on any case she may have to consider. This memoir is simply a reflection on her early life, influences, and experiences. It begins when she was soon to turn eight [...]
edited to add -- Justice Sotomayor came to Seattle Town Hall tonight to two standing ovations. I jotted down a few things she said (or approximately said) tonight: “Failure is such a wonderful teacher . . . I feel the same way about trauma.” “It shocks me when I hear people say ‘I did it alone.’ No one does it alone.” “I have spent my entire life not being afraid of admitting that I don’t know . . there is no shame in not knowing something. There should be shame in not asking.” [...]
This tightly controlled and endlessly fascinating memoir reveals how Sonia Sotomayor wants us to see her world. She is caught between the desire to show us all where she came from and how she developed into the person who has earned a position as a Supreme Court justice. And it is clear that no one just accidentally ends up becoming a Supreme Court justice. At the same time readers just can’t help admiring the eight year-old girl who learns to take control of her own life and destiny by learni [...]
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't the most fabulous memoir I've ever read, and there were some parts that felt a bit fragmented (especially toward the end, I felt like there was a section that was 'hey here were some other facts/stories I wanted to include but didn't know where to put them'), but I actually really liked it. I both encountered some experiences that were very unfamiliar to me and encountered some ways of living, feeling, and thinking about life that I really identified with. H [...]
I LOVED this book. As a Latina, I was certainly proud to have Sotomayor as a member of the Supreme Court, but admittedly knew nothing about her as a person or her life. She has a wonderful story, and is so very human in describing her struggles, her triumphs and insecurities. There were many times in reading her story that i wished I could sit down with her and a cup of coffee, and hear her tell her story in person. Sotomayor's honesty and sincerity have turned me into an ardent admirer.
This book just never caught fire for me. Way too much time spent on her childhood and catholic school upbringing. There were some interesting philosophical discussions, such as the value of Affirmative Action, but not enough to keep my interest. I think the problem is that the writing was very dry and lacked any sense of warmth.
The first half of the books is a wonderful and frank portrait of a large, complicated Puerto Rican family living in a very tough neighborhood in the Bronx in the 60s. You can smell the food and hear the music. The description of the years at Princeton and Yale are a very thoughtful and unapologetic defense of 'affirmative action' as policy and on the challenges and opportunities it offered the author. I found the decription of her life as a DA and corporate lawyer less interesting. She is a good [...]
I'm going to straight-up tell you that if the Mary Sue persona, whether fictional or not, is an anathema to your reading sensibilities, there's a good chance you will not enjoy Sotomayor's memoir on becoming a Federal judge.However, if you enjoying finding out how people, especially those who start out at a fairly severe disadvantage (poor, Puerto Rican, female), wind up on the Judicial bench, then you'll like this tale.This isn't too different from A Fighting Chance in that neither woman was bo [...]
Sonia Sotomayor's new memoir, MY BELOVED WORLD, is absolutely fabulous, just outstanding. I started it late Saturday afternoon (26 Jan 2013) and finished it this morning, scarcely 36 hours later. It is heartwarming, gritty, tender, inspiring, authentic, eloquent--a celebration of family, work, and love in a world of despair, drugs, and disappointment. From an impoverished childhood in the South Bronx, she wrangled her way to a full scholarship at Princeton, from which she graduated at the top of [...]
What a great read. So inspiring. She offers much practical advice for everyday living. The country is fortunate to have her on the Supreme Court.
I don't generally read politician memoirs because I find them generally self-serving, like they are generating good will prior to a run for higher office. Of course, Sotomayor is not a politician and has already accomplished the highest position to which a lawyer can aspire. I believe she wrote this not to make herself better known to the public, which would not serve any positive purpose for a Supreme Court Justice, but for the very noble intention to inspire others. I had not paid attention to [...]
Most books take me some place outside my own life, but occasionally I'll read one that seems to spark only personal reactions. Sotomayor's memoir falls in that latter category. I had two main reactions to this book: (1) how much her professional education & legal experiences mirrored my own; and (2) how happy and positive a person she is, especially as compared to Justice Clarence Thomas. It was hard not to think about Thomas while reading about Sotomayor. Both are members of minority groups [...]
Rita Moreno did a good job with this narration, but the standout part of it is the story. Sotomayor did a beautiful job of writing about her life and positive outlook while still acknowledging the difficulties she has faced in getting to where she is now. I did go find a physical copy so I could see all of the photos, but otherwise the audio version was very good.
Here's my NYT review of this one, which I do recommend if you're interested in how Sotomayor reached the Supreme Court. nytimes/2013/01/20/boo
A very cool look into Sotomayor’s childhood, and everything that led her to the Supreme Court. She’s wise and gives good weight to her own faults and strengths. Her memoir reads like a good story, and the intricacies of law school, courtrooms, and cases are fascinating. She doesn’t shy away from talking about her personal demons, from an alcoholic father and absent mother, to her imposter syndrome made worse by her minority status, and she shows true growth through her years. Her dedicatio [...]
The face of Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been beckoning me from the library shelves for a while now, but what finally prompted me to read her book was Random Family, an in-depth study of the lives of another Latino family in the South Bronx. Nobody in that book even made it out of the middle class, much less to national prominence, so I wanted to know the secret of the Justice’s success. Apparently, she wrote the book to share it – not to boast, of course, but to educate and inspire.For the w [...]
This memoir made it very clear not only how impressive and brilliant of a person Sonia Sotomayor is, but how the combination of a hard-working, education-minded temperament and tough but not insurmountable trials and challenges to overcome can help a person achieve incredible success. Sonia had childhood struggles as she grew up in poverty in New York and came to terms with Type I diabetes. But she has the good examples of many of her family members as well as her own somewhat-innate ability to [...]
Audiobook performed by Rita MorenoThe first Latina Supreme Court Justice chronicles her childhood, youth, training and experience on the road to becoming a federal judge. I found it interesting and I was captivated from the beginning. However some of the statements she made about her naiveté and total lack of exposure to or knowledge of phrases, organizations, or issues, just didn’t seem plausible. For example, I find it hard to believe that a Princeton senior in 1976 – even one coming from [...]
Amazing.No, really.I need more stars.I identified with many experiences and views she presented. And I learned a ton about things I didn't identify with -- Puerto Rico, a life in law, diabetes, etc. Such insight and compassion. I'd especially recommend this to Amber, Jane and Nancy. "But experience has taught me that you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. Their real value is in stirring within us the will to aspire. That will, wherever it finally leads, does at least [...]
I was stuck at home yesterday waiting for carpet cleaners so ordered this on Kindle as the NYTimes gave it a great review. I finished it yesterday and have to say it is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. It reads like a novel with a poignant, funny narrative of Justice Sotomayor's journey. Her Puerto Rican family is a source of love, pride, shame and despair. She honestly portrays the adults in her life including the complex often paradoxical lives they live. Certainly not a misery memoir, [...]
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