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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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    Liat Berkeley, CA, United States 06-16-13
    Liat Berkeley, CA, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2005

    I listen to books to make my commute more enjoyable.

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    "Wonderful story with a great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    Sonia Sotomayor's story is amazing. Her memoir maps her path from the projects in Brooklyn to nomination to the Supreme Court. It would be easy for story like this to seem like bragging but she lets us see how hard she worked and acknowledges that luck has played a role in her success. I found myself inspired.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Memoirs can be tricky - it is hard to write something that is both interesting but avoids being self-absorbed. Sonia Sotomayor has achieved that delicate balance.


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

    Rita Moreno was truly able to bring this book to life. Her narration felt natural; she made you feel like you were hearing the author tell the story.


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

    Wonderful book. I looked forward to listening to the next chapter.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Rivkin Amagansett, NY 06-01-13
    Jack Rivkin Amagansett, NY 06-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A book full of wisdom, life and lessons"
    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. So well read by Rita Moreno and full of life lessons and inspiration.


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

    There isn't a comparison here. Her life story is not unique but uniquely presented.


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

    No


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

    Sotomayor's stories of her family were always moving


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so full of life lessons, business lessons, advice to others and a personal journey told with such openness that it begs to be read by a very wide audience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marisol 05-30-13
    Marisol 05-30-13
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    "First audio experience"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    The similarities in voice of the narrator and author! Extremely soothing. The memoirs are enjoyable, sad and sometimes funny!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an inspirational book! Love the encouragement the author transmits to the reader.


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

    Familiarity, passion and hope.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 05-01-13
    KP Oakland, CA 05-01-13 Member Since 2012

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "Sonia for President :)"

    Sonia Sotomayor won me over with her book. Not that I didn’t like her previously, but I just didn’t care about her before I read this. Although one can imagine that a Supreme Court justice is a hard worker and an extremely accomplished person, Sonia really does have an interesting story about her hard work and her accomplishments.

    I was struck by her integrity. She’s the type of person who always did the right thing and her strength to follow the right and the difficult path as she did was so admirable. She did admit that somewhere along the line she might have gone over the speed limit or committed some other minor or meaningless infraction. Mainly, she seems squeaky clean! Not only did she not inhale, she never even picked it up ☺

    Her intelligence was also very obvious. One of the things that stood out the most about her training and education was the importance of her being on the debate team in high school (I don’t remember the details of when it was, actually.) She mentioned it many times as a factor that influenced her education: her ability to look at both sides before making decisions, to organize her thinking, and then to write a paper in college. It was one of the methods by which Sonia moved from rote learning to critical thinking. That convinced me that debating is an important skill that more students ought to learn in school. The Great Debaters was a movie about an African American debate team in 1935 starring Denzel Washington. I came to the same conclusion then after watching that movie. Debating is great training!

    Most of all I was impressed by Sonia’s determination! She was a hard worker who never gave up. She set her goals when she was young and never stopped working for them. I found it interesting that one of the influences on her desire to be a judge from an early age was watching Perry Mason shows. They were my favorites, too. Oh well, we had quite different outcomes!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Hazel Park, MI, USA 04-08-13
    Peter Hazel Park, MI, USA 04-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    ""My Beloved World" exceeded my expections."

    I knew that the trip from the housing projects of New York to the Supreme Court would be made by an interesting person. Ms. Sotomayor did not disappoint in that regard. What I did not anticipate was how charming and inspiring her family and her story turned out to be. Years of hard work by a smart, grounded and rational person pushed her to the summit of a legal career. What Sonia Sotomayor did was not flashy or even fun. It took focus and a willingness to defer gratification. This is the quintessential American story. Among the things that I take from this book are that we must find a way to engage our best and brightest people and if we do that our best days, as a country, are yet to come.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire St. Petersburg, FL, United States 04-08-13
    Claire St. Petersburg, FL, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Justice Sotomayor is a masterful storyteller."
    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    An American Classic


    What did you like best about this story?

    It inspires the reader that if you work hard and play nice, your dreams are attainable, no matter how improbable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end of the book as she is sworn in as a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, she also presides over her mother's second marriage. It wraps up her dream of becoming a judge and her childhood story that starts and ends with her mother.


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

    When she won the Pine prize - the highest academic honor at Princeton University. Even if her ethnicity played a part in her getting admitted to Princeton, she worked harder than every other student to win that top honor.


    Any additional comments?

    Justice Sotomayor is a masterful story teller. This book wiill make you laugh, cry and inspire you. I encourage women and men of all ages to read this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ivonne 04-07-13
    Ivonne 04-07-13
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    "Wonderful listen-read!"

    This is the type of book that gave me withdrawal symptoms when it was over. I wanted to know more about Justice Sotomayor's life and thoroughly enjoyed Rita Moreno's reading (Justice Sotomayor also reads certain parts of the memoir). I'm now waiting for Part II, which I hope she is forced to write by popular acclaim!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianna Albion, IN, United States 04-06-13
    Marianna Albion, IN, United States 04-06-13
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    "Inspiring story of immigrant success."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    I wish all of my high school students would read this amazing story of a young girl who saw something better for herself, set high goals for herself and managed through hard work, great mentors and her own intelligence to achieve them.


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

    The themes in this book are echoed in Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.


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

    I was especially moved by the family support Sonya had.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Oceanside, CA 04-02-13
    Janice Oceanside, CA 04-02-13
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    "An Authentic "American Dream" Story"

    I haven't had a great deal of hope for our country's future in a long time because of the uncompromising polarity and uncivil discourse that currently exist in government. But I just finished reading My Beloved World and, at least for the moment, I'm hopeful. I'm honored to be a citizen of the same country that produced the remarkable, yet humble, Justice Sotomayor.

    This was one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. (Others high on my list are: The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw and the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography.) The story is compelling, it was beautifully written, and Rita Moreno's performance is stunning. I frequently had to remind myself that I was not listening to the author.

    As I often do with books I listen to and love, I will now have to either purchase the book-book or Kindle version. I want to be able to read and re-read the Epilogue when I find hope waning.

    This book - and Justice Sotomayor - will stay with me for a long, long time.

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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-24-13
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2013

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "The Real American Dream"

    If this book was not picked by my book club, I don't think I would have read it at all. It would have been on my list of books I would love to read once everything else is done. That is sad but Memoirs are on the bottom of my "To Read" list. But dang! I am so glad I read this book.

    First, Sonia Sotomayors' story is an inspiration. As an Hispanic woman growing up in the South Bronx to a non-English speaking family, Sotomayor in bodies the traditional American Dream. After the death of her father, the family struggled not just with cultural issues but financial as well. Not unlike what a lot of families are dealing with today. Sonya Sotomayor is completely unlike the other Supreme Court Justices. In fact, she is completely unlike most of the members of Congress, the Senate and Capital Hill employees. She was not groomed from birth to attend law school, she did not create a resume of ladder climbing moves. Sonya Sotomayor was blessed with making heartfelt decisions that lead her to her seat on the Supreme Court. I think it's amazing to hear a childhood dream come to fruition. It's just so....inspiring!

    There were some parts of the book that were simply captivating. Listening to her memories of her family get togethers, school days, and trips to Puerto Rico were perfectly written and made me feel like I was listening to an aunt tell me stories of her past. But then the law teacher of her life took hold here and there. Sonya Sotomayor has the talent of switching between conversation of lawyers and law students and the every day people on the street. There were times I felt smart because I was right there with her. But then she would switch over to law student mode and I was left behind. There were not many parts in the book where this happened and she always brought it back to regular conversation. LOL! Regular is the only word I can think of at the moment.

    The narrator, actress Rita Moreno did an excellent job narrating this audiobook. I don't think I could have cast a better person. Sonya Sotomayor reads the intro and it's nice to hear her actual voice.

    Excellent audiobook!

    I feel smarter and wiser for having read this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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