My Beloved World

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 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780307962164
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. Her memoir, My Beloved World, details her journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. Her memoir, My Beloved World, details her journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

This autobiography offers a moving portrait of her gritty South Bronx neighborhood and her extended Puerto Rican family, as well as details of the many challenges she has faced during her formative years and early career. This open, eloquent memoir describes how she overcame poverty, her father's... Read More »

"With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself." (Publisher)

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red_dog_2447
Jun 27, 2016

It is an interesting and somewhat inspiring book.It starts off with the justice growing up in the projects and her eagerness to learn .She would go out of her way to go above and beyond with her education. and how the lessons she learned as a child stayed with her throughout her life .Even now she continues to use them.

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EmilyEm
Aug 22, 2015

"The truth is that since childhood I had cultivated an existential independence. It came from perceiving the adults around me as unreliable, and without it I felt I wouldn't have survived. I cared deeply for everyone in my family, but in the end I depended on myself." Sotomayor tells her inspiring life story from birth to her appointment to the SCOTUS.
The truth is she’s still learning—a good lesson for us all. The NYT reviewer wrote: “She had learned from her mother, she says, that 'a surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.’” Written in straightforward prose, I’d recommend this to YA readers, too.

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rpavlacic
Mar 14, 2015

This was a surprisingly disappointing book. There should have been more about the judicial philosophy that drove her work as a state prosecutor, civil litigator and federal judge before she joined The Nine.

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lilypad_1
Jul 11, 2014

such an inspiring woman, very very interesting memoir of how to got to this point- can't wait til the next one with her thoughts on her days as a supreme court justice. kareng

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StarGladiator
Jun 27, 2014

[Update: 11/27/15: Three people murdered, and nine seriously injured, by mad gunman attacking a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs - - please see Sotomayor's vote below - - which is why we should all ignore the public relations' stories, and stick to the records of people, be they the Bush family, the Clintons or Sotomayor!]
Sotomayor (along with Elena Kagan) voted with the rest of the Justices on the Supreme Court to ban any boundary areas surrounding abortion clinics, thereby allowing protesters to bother - - and attack - - patients from just outside the door of the clinic. Again, I ask, these are supposed to be [in quotes} liberals?!?!?!?
Please listen to the following -- paying close attention to the final 5 to 10 minutes:
http://www.radioproject.org/2015/12/abortion-access-and-eroded-rights/
https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F236748437&visual=true&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false

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StarGladiator
Jun 18, 2014

I guess I'll be the only commenter to offer a disclaimer: if you worship corporate power to the exclusion of real people, read and love Sotomayor, who consistenly ruled in favor of the insurance companies, with only several exceptions when she was a junior member of a panel of judges and the lead judge favored the plaintiff against the corporation. Remember sheeple, OBEY AUTHORITY!

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Hyggelig
Jun 18, 2014

Fantastic book that I could relate to. Very colorful descriptions. I am glad she wrote upfront that her book ends @ x number years ago because her intent was to share her journey of not only as a child but thru a young adult perspective.

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MCLOWO4
Jun 12, 2014

Very impressed by her candour and descriptions of how juvenile diabetes and her large and loving family influenced her to work so hard and become a Supreme Court justice.

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Shihtzulover
May 30, 2014

In this entertaining well written autobiography filled with humor and love Sotomayor the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court candidly recalls a tumultuous childhood growing up in a Bronx housing project during which time she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her mother?s strong belief in education spurred her to thrive in school and her determination saw her through catholic school, Princeton and Yale Law School. Sotomayor is a natural storyteller leaving the reader to feel as though she is sitting by your side telling you her life?s story.

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JeanieG
Dec 26, 2013

I read the first two chapters of this and was not impressed with the writing although the story of her life is very interesting. It is writing like many autobiographies of famous people who are not very good writers. It is the selection for Everybody Reads and I had to return it, it could not be renewed.

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homebrewer33359
Mar 13, 2013

" . . . I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with." --Sonia Sotomayor

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