Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014
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 40. 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.
©2013 Sonia Sotomayor (P)2013 Random House Audio
Personal, intelligent, powerful.
Sonia, of course. Her courage and determination to achieve and yet remain grounded in her own humanity. Her objective memories of her family and background. Her loving memory of her family while still being honest about their flaws.
There were many scenes I was very moved by. Very much enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother.
Yes, but I also wanted it keep it going as long as possible.
Rita Moreno did an exceptional job narrating and sometimes I forgot it was not Sonia.
inspirational interesting story
I loved learning more about this important person in American society - how she grew up and through self determination became a very successful person in a society that was pretty hostile to her in her early years.
She did a pretty good job but there were obvious places - a lot of them - where there were retakes of a sentence or so and you could totally tell that one was recorded out of sync with the other.
This book represented a brilliant women's ability to succeed in an environment where women were not always welcome. She also overcame prejudice. This was a unique story and one I very much enjoyed.
When she talked of her father and her mothers success as a nurse
excellent. very soothing voice
I do not read a lot of biographies or autobiographies. I could not pass up a chance to learn more about our newest Supreme Court Justice however. I am so glad that I did. All at once, this audio book is educational, inspiring, entertaining and extremely human.
I completely relate to her journey of coming from humble beginnings to becoming a well-educated woman. I highly recommend this book.
Yes. Compared to the section by the author herself,I felt Moreno's reading was just like Sotomayor would read it.
Accent. Knowledge of subject.
I was cheering for Sonia when she succeeded because of her assertiveness.
A good read if you are interested in successful and personable women. The author was honest with her feelings, but there was a lot of redundancy.
It hit me several times, that this book gives me great comfort knowing that Sonia Sotomayor's sits on our nation's highest court. I wasn't expecting to have such a clear picture of what she brings each day to her work. She alone represents several minority groups that are rarely represented at the highest levels of government. I trust that her decisions are properly influenced by her personal and professional experiences.
The performance was seamless. I had to remind myself that it wasn't the voice of the author!
The story goes into great detail about Sonia's personal life. It is one of the most intelligent and sophisticated discussions I have encountered about family dynamics and personality traits. The level of detail may be off-putting to people who want "just the facts", but as a psychotherapist I very much appreciated learning about how Ms. Sotomayor has navigated the ups and downs of her personal life.
I would definitely listen to this book again. Judge Sotomayor has provided very helpful tips for anyone on how she overcame many obstacles in her life & on how she persevered in spite of the nay-sayers.
My favorite character was her mother as the amazing inspirational person in her life in spite of her own challenges & shortcomings. She was definitely Ms. Sotomayor's greatest champion!
My favorite scene was the heartwarming description of her grandmother's death & how the entire family came together in support of each other's loss & grief. To me it speaks of the power of family's unconditional love.
This book is near & dear to my heart because being of like-cultural background as Ms Sotomayor & understanding the culture, language, & underlying innuendos in the idioms, I appreciate the full flavor of this success story. I identified with her early upbringing & environment having been raised in Brooklyn, NY at the same time period as this autobiography. I vividly understood the nuances of the neighborhoods, the people, the culture, & the time. It was as if the book was about my own life up to the time I left home for college. The book made me laugh & cry all at the same time. It made me angry too when old memories were brought to surface.
A great read, especially if you understand the culture. Very inspiring!
Very revealing book about the mind and life of our newest Supreme Court Justice. Fantastic performance by Moreno .
A real winner
Absolutely loved this book. I actually clapped when the audio was over. Not a political book at all, this is the ultimate Bronx / legal version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "The Glass Castle." I want to read more books like this. Thank you Judge for writing it. I hope that men will also read it, I've asked my husband to - no pressure there, babe! Also, the narration was so perfect, and comforting, just love Rita Moreno, very fitting that she read this.
Inspirational, wonderful, motivational Read a previous review that this book was "self-serving" so not true...great stories, heartfelt and I want all my great-nieces/nephews to read this book. We need more of these stories! As a hispanic women growing up during the same time, though in a different place, I could relate to the many situations and challenges. I am happy Sonia got some (as little as it was) guidance on where to apply to college. Life is a fine line. So very proud that Ms Sotomayor is a person to admire. Thank you for sharing your story.
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