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.
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.
I read this after a recommendation from my grandparents, and was pleasantly surprised! I have recommended this to numerous others at this point. Think it's a hidden gem among autobiographies.
Childhood Diabetes... 'A" Student... Affirmative Action Scholarship...Hard Worker...Well Respected...Judicial Career Path.... BORING.
Thru the eyes of the poor and lower middle class this book is a joke. Her hardships are commonplace and hardly book worthy. The affirmative Action scholarship is the only reason she didn't go to a Junior College, or State University (like most of us). That changed EVERYTHING.
That being said. I think she is exceptionally smart and worked hard to earn her successes. (like most of us)
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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