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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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I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. It didn't take long for me to fall in love. Inspiring in all ways. Absolutely loved it!

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Spectacular!! Loved everything about it, truly inspirational!! And Rita Moreno as the narrator was just icing on the cake!

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I so enjoyed reading this book that when I found out there was an audio book I had to purchase it. Sonia's story is an inspiration to not only the Puerto Rican community but to all Hispanic communities. If you work hard your dreams to achieve will come true.

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Incredible story and very well written!

This story is filled with personal details of success and failures. It tells an intimate recant of Sonia's unimaginable life journey.

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Love it! very inspiring! I would share it to inspire other friends and family members.

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it was Amazing her story inspired me. To be a better person and to love my family.

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A must read for pretty much everyone

This is a remarkable story about a remarkable woman. It is equally compelling for what it says about the human spirit, the importance of human connections, and the promise of being American.

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Absolutely wonderful! So many things that I can relate to in this audiobook.
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Absolutely beautiful!

As a teacher of high achool English language learners, I'm thrilled for the opportunity to suggest this book to American immigrants. ¡Todo es posible!