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
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.
The reader did an excellent job.
Her account of interviewing college admissions officers was one of the most memorable to me.
No I have not hear her previously.
No, I liked hearing it in pieces.
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.
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!
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.
I love to read and listen to books.
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.
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.
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.
Her story is an inspiring one if you happen to be growing up poor or hispanic and aspire to the legal profession.
I can think of a few who would like it, but it is not particularly well written.
It was okay.
I love Rita Moreno as an actress, and it was a definite advantage to have her pronounce the Spanish words correctly -- something I could not have done in my head had I been reading it for myself. But because of the way this book was written, there was no room to display her usual fiery personality. Despite Sotomayor's incredible accomplishments, the telling of them was rather dull, a bit like a legal brief.
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