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My Beloved World

Sotomayor, Sonia (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Beloved World


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"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. 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. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. 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-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Sotomayor, Sonia, 1954-
Title: My beloved world
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 315 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Contents: Needles
At home
Abuelita
Gilmar's goodbyes
Trips to Puerto Rico
Papi's death
El luto
Celina's story
Transformation
Diabetes, Nancy Drew, Perry Mason
Middle school
Transition to CSHS, first job
Co-op city / high school
Forensics club, Celina starts hostos
College dreams
Princeton
Abuelita's death
Puerto Rican identity
Pyne prize, graduation, wedding
Yale
Morgenthau recruiting
D.A.'s office : learning the ropes
Divorce
Found families
Child porn, Tarzan, Nelson's death
PRLDEF, pro bono
Pavia and Harcourt
Diabetes, personal growth
Judge
Summary: "An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. 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. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. 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-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780307594884
0307594882
9780345804839
Statement of Responsibility: Sonia Sotomayor
Subject Headings: Sotomayor, Sonia, 1954- United States. Supreme Court Officials and employees Biography Judges United States Biography Hispanic American women Biography Hispanic American judges Biography BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Lawyers & Judges BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
Topical Term: Judges
Hispanic American women
Hispanic American judges
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Lawyers & Judges
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Cultural Heritage
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Women
LCCN: 2012031797
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Report This Dec 26, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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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  • amandamarie2234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sotomayor's story captivated me. Her internal motivation, even as she encountered obstacle after obstacle in her young life and career, was nothing short of inspiring. I was particularly invested in the early chapters about her childhood and family upbringing, though her reflections on her higher education and legal career (up to her appointment as Supreme Court Justice) are also insightful. Sotomayor's voice is grateful and honest and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the people and events that have shaped her into who she is today-- though I was slightly disappointed that she doesn't let us in on any secrets of the Supreme Court!

Report This Oct 11, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As the first Hispanic & third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor’s path from the projects in the Bronx to Princeton, then Yale is a real American success story. Written in warm, engaging style, her journey is shaped by close family members, invaluable mentors and a remarkable ability to learn from every opportunity presented to her. Inspiring read!

Report This Aug 29, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book. I learned so much about Sotomayors's life that I hadn't known.

Report This Aug 27, 2013
  • LaughingOne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent memoir about an amazing woman. The more I learned about her early life and the various hardships she faced, the more I admired her perseverence, her determination and will to succeed in whatever she chose to do. It is clear that the integrity she lives with today began early in her life. I highly recommend this book!

"Born in a housing project in the South Bronx, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor faced her fair share of challenges from an early age: her father died of complications from alcoholism and she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Nevertheless, thanks to the support of her extended Puerto Rican family, she worked hard and excelled in her studies, attending Princeton and Yale before being appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=645920

Fascinating woman. Fascinating story. Very well written.

Report This Apr 09, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In August 2009, Sonia Sotomayor assumed the role of a judge in the U.S Supreme Court. She made history as the first Hispanic to occupy this privileged position. "My Beloved World is the story of Sonia's rise from her humble beginnings to this exalted position. It is a touching story of love, family loyalty, and Puerto Rican History both in Puerto Rico and America. Sonia Sotomayor despite her disadvantages made it to Princeton and Law School in Yale - at times people shot barbs at her accusing her of being a product of Affirmative Action, but her excelling in these schools are a testament to her capabilities and should be enough to silence those barbs. My Beloved World is at once a memoir and a historical story. It makes for interesting reading.

Report This Mar 28, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just saw Justice Sonia Sotomayor last night at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City presented by Kepler's Bookstore. She was interviewed by Belva Davis and I was really inspired by her story. Her memoir covers her youth and college years and all of the forces that came together that led to her ascent to the highest court in the nation. I haven't read her memoir yet, but cannot wait to do so..

Report This Mar 15, 2013
  • JCLMELODYK rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What an incredible, brilliant woman. Child of Puerto Rican immigrants, alcoholic father, absentee mother and diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Sotomayor takes on the world bouyed by stratospheric intelligence, unbelievable work ethic and an amazing extended family!

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  • homebrewer33359 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" . . . 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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