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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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    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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    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.

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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.

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    H. Luke USA 03-23-13
    H. Luke USA 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to My Beloved World again in a heartbeat! Such a Humble lady, Brilliant, Focus, Determination, Ethics, Family, ANYONE can achieve what they WANT.


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

    Sonia made a classmate return the bacon he stole for their sandwiches and never talked to him again. She did not want to be associated with a thief. She, at a young age, and I suspect even now, walks her talk.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Refocusing her mother to study even in her toughest, trying moment. She will help people she cares about to stay on focus/task.


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

    Her breakup with Kevin because he could not handle her being ahead of him - educational, job wise.


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    Kelly SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Kelly SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Fascinating Read!"
    Where does My Beloved World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to "My Beloved World" on a long road trip and back. This book totally captivated my attention. I loved hearing about Sonia Sotomayor's childhood in New York and they way she overcame many obstacles in her life. Also diabetic, I found her story of how she learned to give herself insulin shots at age eight inspiring. Her matter-of-fact attitude has helped me overcome much of the guilt associated with the disease. I also appreciated her attitude that she could learn anything once she put her mind to it. I heard Sonia Sotomayor on an interview about the book and was called to find it to read it. Rita Moreno's reading is really clear and invigorating. I loved the book and was sorry when it ended.


    Which character – as performed by Rita Moreno – was your favorite?

    Sonia's character as the main character was the best. Rita Moreno spoke with a clear and effortless voice. I felt that Sonia's writing was truthful and without guile.


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

    No, it's a long book, but it will hold your attention in a long drive.


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    Kevin Collinsville, OK, United States 03-12-13
    Kevin Collinsville, OK, United States 03-12-13
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    "How a Supreme Court Justice is formed"

    I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone interested not only in legal subjects, but also for anyone interested in current affairs. In it Justice Sotomayor candidly and with an appropriate balance of humility and deference to those who helped her along the way, gives an excellent picture of how a Supreme Court justice is "formed" by their experience (life and legal) and their training. She has engagingly demonstrated how her own hard work, the work ethic with which she was raised, and the extraordinary opportunities she was offered along the way (including many she didn't even know existed before they were offered to her) has made her the person who is now fit to judge significant issues of policy and law. She gratefully acknowledges the assistance she received from affirmative action and similar kinds of thinking by those with the ability to hire and help her, and demonstrates clearly and cogently why that was a good thing (rather than running from it as if it were an insult like one of her fellow Justices). Rita Moreno is an excellent narrator, and not surprisingly, seems to have the Justice's voice as she reads. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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    Delia Smith CHATSWORTH, CA, US 03-12-13
    Delia Smith CHATSWORTH, CA, US 03-12-13
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    "Inspiring! Empowering read for young Latina women"
    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    Yes, to review the details of a "rags to riches" type story that will warm the heart and encourage perseverance in any endeavor over and over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Papi". A possibly sad and forlorn figure, who, though self-destructing, supported and enabled confidence and huge success in his daughter through the constancy of his love.


    What about Rita Moreno’s performance did you like?

    I liked her correct and comfortable pronunciation of Spanish words.


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

    Yes!! Couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be required reading at all high school campuses, especially those with high numbers of Latino students.

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    El_Ron 03-08-13
    El_Ron 03-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sonia Sotomayor - Charming and Relatable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    I love that this was narrated by Rita Moreno. A Latina badass reading the life story of another Latina badass is a blissful combination. To the producers inspired to make this combination of talents come together, I salute you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Despite being a self admitted workaholic and overachiever, Ms Sotomayor's candor and warmth remain constant throughout. It gives me comfort to know that there are real, relatable people in positions of power in this country. I was pleasantly surprised by the mini Puerto Rican history lessons peppered throughout as the island has a special place in my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that Ms Moreno, who it pains me to even hint a criticizing, seemed a little out of her league when reading some of the more intensive legalese passages. My preference would have been for the author to handle the entire narration (rather than just the forward), but appreciate that she has more important work to do :-)

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    Malcolm WATERLOO, IA, United States 03-08-13
    Malcolm WATERLOO, IA, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

    A reader with an ear for historical biographies and autobiographies that seeks inspiration and consciousness from the reading experience.

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    "Personal Display of Intellectual Brillance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book, especially for Americans and Hispanics, in particular Puerto Ricans. Once you complete this book, you will feel as if you personally know the U.S. Supreme Court Judge. Sonia Sotomayor displays a pleasant easy to like personality that will win over a majority of her readers.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sonia Sotomayor? Why or why not?

    Yes! Because she is brillant, personable and she has a fascinating perspective which is pragmatic and positive at the same time. The biggest reason, is she still needs to complete her life story. I will be interested in reading a future second part to this autobiography.


    Which character – as performed by Rita Moreno – was your favorite?

    Since this is an autobiography, her primary role was narrating the author and she did an amazing job. Yet she also performed above average in other characters that played a role in this book.


    Could you see My Beloved World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes! This would make an excellent movie. The star of the movie of course would be the Supreme Court Justice of course!


    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely disappointed in learning after I purchased the book that the conclusion of the book took place 20 years before the book was published. This means all modern day accomplishments are not included in this book. The book is well written and the narrator was a perfect fit for this role with an amazing ability to capture the culture and language that impacted the authors life.

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    Lorena 03-05-13
    Lorena 03-05-13
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    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    Yes. Justice Sotomayor represents determination and strength. I will go to this work when I need to be reminded and inspired.


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

    Oddly I would compare it to Eat Pray Live because both works inspired me to live my life with integrity.


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

    She's perfect. No other narrator could better represent the Justice's voice.


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