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.
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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.
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
This book is a forthright memorial to the heart and soul of a human spirit of a brilliant non-pretentious Supreme Court Justice.
As a HISPANIC who is a retired attorney, I'm comfortable & confident that Justice Sotomayor will be one of the most grounded & intelligent Justices in the history of the Supreme Court. I think she has the potential, based in part on the my listening to My Beloved World, with her own style, to become as revered a Justice as Homes, Cardozo, John Marshall & Thurgood Marshall.
I've listened to many audiobooks, so this is hard to answer, but I'd have to put it in the top 10.
Her story made me smile, laugh and cry. Rita Moreno's reading was brilliant.
Anyone raised in the Bronx in the 60's, 70's can relate to Sonia. We have so many similarities, even to liking Bucky Dent from the Yankees. We have so much in common, it's refreshing.
I'm grateful a friend of mine ask me to read/listen to this book!
I told my friend thank you for my gift! I love it and I'm grateful!
I will share this gift with my four young adult daughters. I'm positive they will appreciate it as much as I do!
One day I hope to meet Sonia. I would love to give her the most loving and tightest hug!
But for now xoxoxo Sonia! My darling cousin regardless of blood! Que Dois te bendiga !!!!
Mildred Cox (Vazquez)
Associate Justice Sotomayor shares a rich story about her family, the village that supported her & the unlikely footpath that led to her position on the Supreme Court. Her big personality comes through in this memoir. It held my attention though at the end the story gives way to a bit of a professorial tone.
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