My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

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15 Critic Reviews

Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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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Sonia Sotomayor se graduó summa cum laude de Princeton en 1976 y de la Escuela de Derecho de Yale en 1979. Trabajó como asistente del Fiscal de Distrito del Condado de Nueva York y luego en la firma Pavia & Harcourt. Desde 1992 hasta 1998, fue juez de la Corte Federal del Distrito Sur de Nueva York, y desde 1998 hasta 2009 en la Corte de Apelaciones de Estados Unidos para el Segundo Circuito. En mayo de 2009, el presidente Barack Obama la nominó como Juez Asociada de la Corte Suprema; asumió la función el 8 de agosto de 2009.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Vintage. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 31 2012

Mature, life-affirmative musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jan 21 2013

It’s an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Emily Bazelon on Jan 18 2013

This is a woman who knows where she comes from and has the force to bring you there.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 19 2012

Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Carla Main on Jan 17 2013

...filled with inspiring, and surprisingly candid, stories about how the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice overcame a troubled childhood to attend Princeton and Yale Law School, eventually earning a seat on the nation's highest court.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Jason Farago on Jan 14 2013

Sotomayor is a trailblazer, no question, and I certainly hope My Beloved World inspires readers to chase their dreams...

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Nina Totenberg on Jan 12 2013

Sotomayor's tale of moving from the poverty of the projects to life at Princeton and Yale is entertaining and informative...

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The Economist

Good
on Feb 02 2013

It takes a rare author, and perhaps an exceptional person, to write a memoir that can be described as generous, yet “My Beloved World” is that.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Grace Bello on Jan 15 2013

...her advocates were always by her side. And, with this intimate narrative, it feels as if she is by ours.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Vanessa Bush on Feb 20 2013

Sotomayor offers an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward.

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Denver Post

Good
Reviewed by Dahlia Lithwick on Jan 27 2013

Sotomayor offers up a tale of a sprawling "family," generous mentors and the many opportunities she has grabbed and paid forward.

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Boston.com

Good
Reviewed by Jay Wexler on Feb 20 2013

Throughout the book, Sotomayor herself benefits profoundly from listening closely to the advice of others...And now she too has written a book worth listening to.

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Arts Fuse

Excellent
Reviewed by Roberta Silman on Feb 19 2013

Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World is a book for parents, and teachers, and their students. A book for everyone. Better than anything I have read in a long time, it teaches us how to live.

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Washingtonian

Excellent
Reviewed by John Wilwol on Jan 15 2013

We, the jury in this case, find her irresistible...

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Erie Times-News

Excellent
Reviewed by Hector Tobar on Feb 03 2013

...in her own often straightforward, occasionally soaring writing style, Sotomayor succeeds in "My Beloved World" in crafting an often old-fashioned tale of overcoming obstacles.

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