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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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    Grace 03-26-13
    Grace 03-26-13
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    "I highly recommend"

    Very personal, articulate, interesting memoir that is forthright and filled with personal insights. Only occasionally I felt that if Ms. Sotomayor had been narrating the emphasis might have been on different words / that Ms. Moreno's emphasis might communicate something slightly different from what Ms. Sotomayor intended, but mostly it didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. Such an interesting woman is Ms. Sotomayor and what a journey her life has been.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 03-04-13
    Rachel 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Lifelong voracious reader/listener. British humor: Austen, EF Benson, Wodehouse, Gaiman, Holt, Pratchett. Courtroom crime and chick lit.

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    "Glad I listened, but wouldn't buy it"

    Wish I had borrowed this from the library so I could have skipped some parts. I wouldn't expect very many people to include much unflattering material in an autobiography, but Sotomayor's portrait of herself leans towards photoshopped saintliness. I'm glad I know more about her personal history, but would rather have saved my money for something more fun, honest, or surprising.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    richard stravinsky San Diego 02-25-13
    richard stravinsky San Diego 02-25-13

    Rick S.

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    "Disappointed but not surprised"
    Would you try another book from Sonia Sotomayor and/or Rita Moreno?

    Probably not from the judge as hers is a lifetime appointment and she probably won't dish the good stuff while in that job.


    Has My Beloved World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book helped me get to know the judge a bit. My taste is more toward the "edgy" and there were no inside scoops here about wheeling and dealing or conflict in the world of judicial dog eat dog. That being said, it was a pleasant enough read. I give it a C+.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Brooklyn, New York, United States 02-21-13
    Patricia Brooklyn, New York, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired RN. Avid reader. Love the audible.

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    "Incredible."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    Listening really brought the story to life. Having lived in El Barrio (NYC) for many years I was able to relate to many of her experiences.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She did it against all odds. She really made it to the top.


    What about Rita Moreno’s performance did you like?

    All of it. Her ability to capture the nuiances of the speech was fabulous.


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

    Parts of it made me laugh and parts made me cry. When she spoke of her cousin and his lost talent both intellecually and musically it was very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book over and over again. It is so inspirational. Will also recommend it to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RosieM CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD, United States 02-20-13
    RosieM CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I absolutely loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    I appreciated the easy listening aspect of it. The story flowed flawlessly and Rita Moreno brought it to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Authenticity


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

    Rita Moreno's voice added the sense of a storyteller. Her pauses and inflection were perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabby West Covina, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Gabby West Covina, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring! Must read."
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    What I love is that we get to know about her life story before the bench. It says a lot about her humility. She is a wonderful storyteller and I'm so glad that she allowed us to get to know her in this way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that she talked about real life issues that impact many families. She covered alcoholism, juvenile diabetes, poverty and the myriad of obstacles that many young latinos face along the road to higher education from not knowing how to study to not knowing they system.


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

    She brings flavor and sounds a bit like the Justice given their backgrounds so at times I felt like it was the Justice herself reading it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. When she gives advice to women about neglecting their partners. It's so true and yet so frustrating to create that balance.


    Any additional comments?

    Every young latina with aspirations to enter the legal world must read this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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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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