I listened to "My Beloved World" on a long road trip and back. This book totally captivated my attention. I loved hearing about Sonia Sotomayor's childhood in New York and they way she overcame many obstacles in her life. Also diabetic, I found her story of how she learned to give herself insulin shots at age eight inspiring. Her matter-of-fact attitude has helped me overcome much of the guilt associated with the disease. I also appreciated her attitude that she could learn anything once she put her mind to it. I heard Sonia Sotomayor on an interview about the book and was called to find it to read it. Rita Moreno's reading is really clear and invigorating. I loved the book and was sorry when it ended.
Sonia's character as the main character was the best. Rita Moreno spoke with a clear and effortless voice. I felt that Sonia's writing was truthful and without guile.
No, it's a long book, but it will hold your attention in a long drive.
Bouncing between time periods, we follow the story of two orphans who must find their way in a world that wants to mold them to fit into boxes that society views as their roles. Through their two stories we come to see that while society has changed, certain fundamental truths about how people view the most vunerable among us has not. I love stories about young women with spirit and depth and both of the main characters have both. As they deal with what the world dishes out to them, we find that what sustains them changes them.
I liked when Vivian realized that all of the bad things that happened to her (and there were ALOT of them) were actually the things that led her to the good things and that she was grateful for everything.
My favorite scene was when Vivian realized the handsome stranger was actually a young boy she met on the Orphan Train many years earlier.
I listened to this book constantly and found myself sitting in the car to finish a section. It was a compelling book with many emotional scenes.
I haven't read the print version, but the audible version is very well done.
The plot is definitely well written. I love the twists and turns and thought processes when you are pretending to be someone that you are not and being found out could be fatal.
Alyssa Bresnahan has a great, gentle voice with a hidden strenghth. I felt this went well with the first person perspective of this book.
This book was very scary, but then I am very interested in cults and the way that they operate.
I can't believe I waited to read to this book, it's a real draw!
probably not, but enjoyed the read.
I liked her problem solving skills when confronted with adversity. I also liked the fact that she dives into any situation, generally not prepared, but muddles through, and isn't that what most of us do?
No, in fact, I had a hard time getting through the first part of the book, especially the part about her mother dying and subsequent hard times. I was listening to this book in the car with my husband and we both had a difficult time reliving her problems. Later, when traveling alone, I went back to this book and made it out to the trail. I found that part of the book really fun.
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