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My Beloved World | [Sonia Sotomayor]

My Beloved World

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    J. D. Portnoy Sarasota, FL USA 03-27-13
    J. D. Portnoy Sarasota, FL USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Bookman Old Style

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    "Warm, fuzzy, and bright, too!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Palmetto, FL, United States 02-11-13
    Jeanne Palmetto, FL, United States 02-11-13
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    "Don't miss this!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    It's told so candidly that I feel I am right there living the events with everyone involved.


    What other book might you compare My Beloved World to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Rita Moreno – was your favorite?

    Sonia Sotomayor


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me laugh & cry, as I vicariously experienced the life events of Sotomayor and her family & friends.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 04-28-15
    Sarah 04-28-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Captivating story of family, love and perseverance"

    This book was for my mom's book club., and I thought why not? I couldn't stop listening once I stArted.

    It is an amazing story of perseverance, family and humanity told with humor and humility.

    The.book provides a glimpse into New York's Puerto Rican community that is fascinating, the hard work it takes to make a good life for one's family, as well as the personal story of what it takes to become a judge. It is a unique telling of the American Dream.

    The narrator's (takes over a few minutes into the book) was an excellent choice for this story and the way it is written. The combination of her voice and story make you feel Ike you are personally watching the events unfold from the sidelines.

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    Jane 04-19-15
    Jane 04-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful book perfect for listening"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    The reader did an excellent job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Beloved World?

    Her account of interviewing college admissions officers was one of the most memorable to me.


    Have you listened to any of Rita Moreno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not hear her previously.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked hearing it in pieces.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an inspirational account of an American experience, but it was a balanced. I appreciated the generous spirit and kindness reflected in this account.

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    Joy in COS 04-16-15
    Joy in COS 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring"

    It was so nice to hear the relatable, real-world story of a true hero. She has come so far and achieved so much. The performance was excellent as well. Great book!

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    Fer 04-13-15
    Fer 04-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring and relatable"

    Love the story, the way it was narrated and everything in between. Beautifully written story about resilience, family and love.

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    J. Y. 04-07-15
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    "Keep a pen beside you as you listen"

    This was a beautiful story and a joy to listen to. I only wish I had been taking notes – there were some incredible quotes I would like to remember. I am so thankful that a woman like Sonya Sotomayor is on our Supreme Court.

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    Debbie Babson Park, FL, United States 03-24-15
    Debbie Babson Park, FL, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I love to read and listen to books.

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    "Ms Sonya"

    Awesome book, would love the honor of meeting this amazing woman. she is very driven and down to earth at the same time. Read it, you'll be glad you did.

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    Jorge 01-22-15
    Jorge 01-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring story"

    I love the story, the richness of details and the well produce audio. I fully recommend to others and specially for young people to believes dreams could come true with hard work and solid values.

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    Nora J. Baladerian Los Angeles, CA USA 01-05-15
    Nora J. Baladerian Los Angeles, CA USA 01-05-15
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    "Brilliant,captivating,Thoughtful"

    Thought provoking, this is a wonderful insight into the thinking & feelings of a brilliant & courageous woman. It caused me to recall special moments of awareness, my own agency, individual course of life. I learned much from Sotomayor's exploration & description of her complex life so far.

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