My Beloved World

Sotomayor, Sonia

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Beloved World
"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. 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-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307594884
Characteristics: 315 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 14, 2015
  • rpavlacic rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This was a surprisingly disappointing book. There should have been more about the judicial philosophy that drove her work as a state prosecutor, civil litigator and federal judge before she joined The Nine.

Aug 31, 2014
  • Edgarmole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This inspiring autobiography describes how Sonia Sotomayor grew up in a poor and troubled Puerto Rican-American family, and ended up going to Princeton and Yale. She is very open about her vulnerabilities and tells how she overcome obstacles through hard work and determination.

Jul 11, 2014
  • lilypad_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

such an inspiring woman, very very interesting memoir of how to got to this point- can't wait til the next one with her thoughts on her days as a supreme court justice. kareng

Jun 27, 2014

Sotomayor (along with Elena Kagan) voted with the rest of the Justices on the Supreme Court to ban any boundary areas surrounding abortion clinics, thereby allowing protesters to bother patients from just outside the door of the clinic. Again, I ask, these are supposed to be [in quotes} liberals?!?!?!?

Jun 18, 2014

I guess I'll be the only commenter to offer a disclaimer: if you worship corporate power to the exclusion of real people, read and love Sotomayor, who consistenly ruled in favor of the insurance companies, with only several exceptions when she was a junior member of a panel of judges and the lead judge favored the plaintiff against the corporation. Remember sheeple, OBEY AUTHORITY!

Jun 18, 2014
  • Hyggelig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book that I could relate to. Very colorful descriptions. I am glad she wrote upfront that her book ends @ x number years ago because her intent was to share her journey of not only as a child but thru a young adult perspective.

Jun 12, 2014
  • MCLOWO4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very impressed by her candour and descriptions of how juvenile diabetes and her large and loving family influenced her to work so hard and become a Supreme Court justice.

Dec 26, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read the first two chapters of this and was not impressed with the writing although the story of her life is very interesting. It is writing like many autobiographies of famous people who are not very good writers. It is the selection for Everybody Reads and I had to return it, it could not be renewed.

Nov 07, 2013
  • amandamarie2234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sotomayor's story captivated me. Her internal motivation, even as she encountered obstacle after obstacle in her young life and career, was nothing short of inspiring. I was particularly invested in the early chapters about her childhood and family upbringing, though her reflections on her higher education and legal career (up to her appointment as Supreme Court Justice) are also insightful. Sotomayor's voice is grateful and honest and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the people and events that have shaped her into who she is today-- though I was slightly disappointed that she doesn't let us in on any secrets of the Supreme Court!

Oct 11, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As the first Hispanic & third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor’s path from the projects in the Bronx to Princeton, then Yale is a real American success story. Written in warm, engaging style, her journey is shaped by close family members, invaluable mentors and a remarkable ability to learn from every opportunity presented to her. Inspiring read!

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Mar 13, 2013
  • homebrewer33359 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" . . . I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with." --Sonia Sotomayor


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