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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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    Amazon Customer Oak Park, IL United States 02-17-13
    Amazon Customer Oak Park, IL United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspirational and humble"
    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational interesting, humble


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ms. Sotomayor is grounded. She attributes her success to hard work and the support and love of others.


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

    For the whole of Moreno's performance I felt as if I were listening to Sotomayor herself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-11-13
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    "Relatable and Inspiring"
    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    Absolutely. This is a compelling listen. Sonia Sotomayor tells her story with such honesty and candor.


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

    When Sonia Sotomayor described her initial lengthy stay in the hospital (after her diagnosis of diabetes) and it culminated in her outburst into tears, at which moment, her usually occupied-with-work mother deftly intervenes with a definitive and commanding "Alright, that's enough!" to the hospital staff. I saw that moment as pivotal. It told me, "Yes, my mother is here for me and yes, she loves me."


    What about Rita Moreno’s performance did you like?

    I liked the quality of her voice and her diction. I liked that she didn't overemphasize the Spanish words with a heavy Latin accent. She pronounced each word, English and Spanish, with equal precision, authenticity, and clarity.


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

    It made me laugh and cry, but most notably, it made me feel warm inside and it made me feel connected to the author; so in that way, I found it to be tremendously inspiring. I am taking the inspiration that no matter the circumstances into which you are born, you can climb out of it. Yes, it's possible!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved that Sonia Sotomayor opened the book with her own voice! That was a like icing on a cake.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Landry mountains, CO 02-06-13
    J. Landry mountains, CO 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating person fascinating life story"
    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring and reflective. Family is who we are.


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

    When she admits her upbringing left her lacking understanding of certain situations, it was moving.


    Did Rita Moreno do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sometimes when she changed voice volume, I could not understand her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If the right doors are opened for you, unlimited potential is yours if you work,work,work.


    Any additional comments?

    I have new appreciation for having a voice and perspective as hers on the Supreme Court.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Boyle Medford Long Island 02-06-13
    Richard Boyle Medford Long Island 02-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Memoir of Sonia Sotomayor"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    Sonia's over coming a rough childhood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonia of course, the honest way she told her story.


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

    this was a great reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    That would be great.


    Any additional comments?

    Sonia show kids from humble beginning can still become great people of the world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim McUmber 03-11-13
    Jim McUmber 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Soft soap"
    Would you try another book from Sonia Sotomayor and/or Rita Moreno?

    No.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rita Moreno?

    I felt the narrator's inflections treated this story as a child's fable instead of emphasizing the serious nature of the formative years of a supreme court justice. Perhaps the narrator could not have read this story in any other way because of the way the story was written.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Sotomayor overcame many economic and personal difficulties to rise to her position. It troubles me that the foundations set early in her childhood reflect on her interpretation of the law. I have no doubt that she is intellectually capable of interpreting the law. I question her tendency to look on the world in a way that acknowledges social condition as mostly negative and something that most be overcome in this country.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Georgia 02-03-14
    Dallas Georgia 02-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst Book EVER"
    Would you try another book from Sonia Sotomayor and/or Rita Moreno?

    Sotomayor is a horrible writer, and Moreno's voice is more irritating than Rachel Maddow.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sonia Sotomayor again?

    No. I would prefer a root canal without novocaine.


    What didn’t you like about Rita Moreno’s performance?

    She has a very irritating voice and she reads like we were 6th graders who barely understood English.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Sotomayor is literally a Horatio Alger success story, yet she whined through the whole book about how tough she had it...grew up poor, father died young, women are victims, blah, blah, blah. The fact is that the world has been her oyster...free ride to Princeton, free ride to Yale Law, appointment to the Federal bench specifically because she was Hispanic. But was she thankful, and encouraging others to use her as an example? Nope, she just kept on whining. Anyone. With an IQ greater than 55 think she would be a Supreme Court justice if she were NOT Hispanic?


    Any additional comments?

    How can anyone graduate a prestigious law school like Yale and NOT know what voire dire is?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-29-13
    Dawn Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-29-13

    I was an english major who went on to a masters in Social Work and a Ph.D in Psychology. Learned literary criticism in univ. prep. classes.

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    "A Uniquely American Story:Sonia Sotomayor"
    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    Yes, Rita Morena (the reader) understands the Puerto Rican experience having lived it herself and Sonia Sotomayor is a great writer. Who knew! It's a miracle that she rose to being a Supreme Court judge from such humble beginnings fraught with a myriad obstacles.


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

    Overcoming the Diabetes diagnosis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes with her grandmother (reading poetry, seances, matriarchal duties).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Rita Moreno plays the older Sotomayor with the flair of experience


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for everyone who cares about women.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    n.n. n.y. 08-31-13
    n.n. n.y. 08-31-13

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    "Wonderful"

    This book teaches us that ultimately hard work and commitment, pays off.
    She is an exceptional woman.

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    Kindle Customer 07-25-13
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    "Total Pleasure"
    What did you love best about My Beloved World?

    She is so real....good, bad, scared, overly confident and her ability, I felt, to show us who she is and why....it is all there.


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

    Sandra Day O Connor's memoir (Lazy B) was similar and though I enjoyed it, it did not hold my attention in the same way.


    What does Rita Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the Spanish language, the intonations, the beauty of hearing the language used in the way I am sure the author approves totally. I do not speak Spanish but I could listen to Ms. Moreno speaking anytime.


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

    No. I often listen as I am walking in the morning so tend to listen in 45 minute segments and that has worked well. There is just so much detail, I have enjoyed not rushing through.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this with no reservations and I do not believe I would have enjoyed "just" reading it as much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 07-14-13
    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 07-14-13

    HeartSleeve

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    "Interesting peek into the life of a SCOTUS judge."

    Having Rita Moreno narrate was an inspired selection. Ms Sotomayor's early life isn't exactly riveting but it was a welcomed peek into what compels and propels a person to reach for the stars - and get there. It was an easy listen and Ms Moreno kept the pace and the emotional balance perfect.

    It doesn't examine her current life (ends just as she is being chosen for Supreme Court) but it certainly gives a good example of her basic values and beliefs that guide her.

    Highly recommend it - especially to young women.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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