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 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.
Oh yes, it comes to life in audio.
Sonia's utter honesty and remarkable memory about her life.
This book is one to savor and think over.
Everyone should read this book. You will get a glimpse of a life you will most likely never have. It's inspirational. Makes you want to do your best and try hard at whatever you do.
When Sonia decided at age 8 she had to learn to give herself the her own Insulin shots
Rita Moreno brought credibility to the Puerto Rican culture. She did an amazing job!
I made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me happy it made me excited.
Sonia Sotomayor, you are in inspiration
Personal, intelligent, powerful.
Sonia, of course. Her courage and determination to achieve and yet remain grounded in her own humanity. Her objective memories of her family and background. Her loving memory of her family while still being honest about their flaws.
There were many scenes I was very moved by. Very much enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother.
Yes, but I also wanted it keep it going as long as possible.
Rita Moreno did an exceptional job narrating and sometimes I forgot it was not Sonia.
This book represented a brilliant women's ability to succeed in an environment where women were not always welcome. She also overcame prejudice. This was a unique story and one I very much enjoyed.
When she talked of her father and her mothers success as a nurse
excellent. very soothing voice
I do not read a lot of biographies or autobiographies. I could not pass up a chance to learn more about our newest Supreme Court Justice however. I am so glad that I did. All at once, this audio book is educational, inspiring, entertaining and extremely human.
I completely relate to her journey of coming from humble beginnings to becoming a well-educated woman. I highly recommend this book.
"A great telling of the early years of this judge"
Great insights into what it means to be a scholar. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the woman behind the robe. Definitely someone that would make a good dinner companion!
Captivating narrator who did not over dramatize
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