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
My Beloved World is up there in my top five or six audiobooks, along with Angle of Repose; Tim Robbins's The Great Gatsby; Code Name Verity; and Crossing to Safety. I didn't want it to end.
I love Sonia's spirit, her perseverance in spite of all the obstacles she had as a child. I feel as if I really know her - and that's rare for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. I appreciate that.
Rita Moreno does a fabulous job. I have not heard any of her other readings.
I am so glad Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I cannot imagine a better choice! Her story is so inspiring, I want every kid to read My Beloved World or listen to it.
Bookman Old Style
I don't see how anyone could not like Sonia Sotomayor's book. She comes through as a compassionate, brave, brilliant, empathic, diplomatic, and so great a role model for girls, women, and the disenfranchised of any kind. And the performance by Rita Moreno, with its lovely Spanish pronunciations, is a pleasure to hear. Buy it, give it as a gift, and be glad we've got her on the Court.
It's told so candidly that I feel I am right there living the events with everyone involved.
Maya Angelous' books. Native Son. Black Like Me. Other books that give an intimate portrait of a person from a different culture & background from my own.
Yes, it made me laugh & cry, as I vicariously experienced the life events of Sotomayor and her family & friends.
As a teacher of high achool English language learners, I'm thrilled for the opportunity to suggest this book to American immigrants. ¡Todo es posible!
Rita Moreno did an amazing job telling the story! I cried because of how closely it relates to me as a New Yorker and the resiliency that she has demonstrated throughout! I can only hope for such single minded purpose in my life and career as well.
I have both the Kindle and Audible version so I can say that I greatly preferred the audio version. Having someone flawlessly pronounce Spanish names and poetry definitely helped make it feel more real.
This is not really an applicable question for an autobiographical work. I chose this book because I admired Justice Sotomayor; this book made me feel like, if we met, I would have a lot of fun with her.
The Spanish pronunciations and recitations definitely helped. I studied a bit of Spanish but my accent has always been terrible.
It was definitely hard to put down once I got started. I found myself almost looking forward to my daily commute.
Yes. This was a remarkable story of a woman who grew up in the Bronx projects and through a loving family and hard work made it to Princeton, to law school, and eventually to the Supreme Court. While the memoir does not deal with her life on the Supreme Court, which is totally appropriate, it gives a textured view of her personal life and some glimpses into her professional life. Justice Sotomayor was surprisingly revealing about her personal life. Rita Moreno did a wonderful job of narrating, including bringing authenticity to the Spanish language passages
"A great telling of the early years of this judge"
Great insights into what it means to be a scholar. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the woman behind the robe. Definitely someone that would make a good dinner companion!
Captivating narrator who did not over dramatize
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