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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

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by Sonia Sotomayor

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Title:My Beloved World
Authors:Sonia Sotomayor
Info:Knopf (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Tags:autobiography, Bronx, Puerto Rico, Princeton, Yale, Supreme Court

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Narrated by R-r-rita Mor-r-reno! Actually, Ms Sotomayor reads the forward and prologue. I wished she had read the whole book; there is a salt-of-the-Bronx quality to her voice that intimately grounds her story. But after my initial disappointment, Rita Moreno more than held her own, la veterana that she is. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I really admire her, and I'm glad I had the chance to get to know more about her. ( )
  cjservis | Jan 17, 2016 |
Audiobook performed by Rita Moreno

The first Latina Supreme Court Justice chronicles her childhood, youth, training and experience on the road to becoming a federal judge. I found it interesting and I was captivated from the beginning. However some of the statements she made about her naiveté and total lack of exposure to or knowledge of phrases, organizations, or issues, just didn’t seem plausible. For example, I find it hard to believe that a Princeton senior in 1976 – even one coming from the disadvantaged background Sotomayor came from – would not know about Phi Beta Kappa or would not have heard the phrase summa cum laude. (I came from a similar background as Sotomayor, and even though I was NOT at an Ivy League school, I certainly knew these phrases as a college senior in 1972.)

I have heard some criticism of the book because she ends the narrative as she ascends the bench, giving relatively little insight into her life or work since her first appointment. But I have no problem with this. The compelling part of the story is how she rose from her humble beginnings, and the ways in which her various experiences prepared her for that final achievement.

The hardcover volume includes numerous photographs of Sotomayor’s parents and grandparents, as well as photos of her from childhood to taking her oath as a Supreme Court Justice.

Rita Moreno does a wonderful job of narrating the audio version. She has an enthusiasm that is infectious and really brings life to the text.

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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
The book was well constructed and thought out. Sonia does a wonderful job of drawing in the audience and truly painting a picture of what her early years were like. Strong writing, powerful content, a pleasant read! ( )
  GingerSegreti | Jul 12, 2015 |
Loved this book! What an inspiring story! Wondering how she found the time to write this book though... ( )
  rebeccar76 | Jun 24, 2015 |
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But if the outlines of Justice Sotomayor’s life are well known by now, her searching and emotionally intimate memoir, “My Beloved World,” nonetheless has the power to surprise and move the reader. Whereas the justice’s legal writings have been described by reporters as dry, methodical and technical, this account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt.
My Beloved World is filled with inspiring, and surprisingly candid, stories about how the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice overcame a troubled childhood to attend Princeton and Yale Law School, eventually earning a seat on the nation's highest court. But readers hoping to gain insight from the book into how Ms. Sotomayor might rule in key cases will have to dig deep for hints of her legal philosophy. The book, which covers he life prior to becoming a judge, barely says a word about the Constitution and even less about ideology. Yet one doesn't get the sense that politics were scrubbed from the text; it is rather that the topic isn't of much interest to the author.
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Perdonadle al desterrado
ese dulce frenesi
vuelvo a mi mundo adorado,
y yo estoy enamorado
de la tierra en que naci.

. . .
Forgive the exile
this sweet frenzy;
I return to my beloved world,
in love with the land where I was born.
- from "To Puerto Rico (I Return),"
by Jose Gautier Benitez
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(Preface) Since my appointment to the Supreme Court, I have spoken to a wide variety of groups in different settings, answering all sorts of questions.
(Prologue) I was barely awake, and my mother was already screaming.
I was not yet eight years old when I was diagnosed with diabetes.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2013: Happily, it is becoming a familiar story: The young, smart, and very hardworking son or daughter of immigrants rises to the top of American professional life. But already knowing the arc of Sonia Sotomayor’s biography doesn’t adequately prepare you for the sound of her voice in this winning memoir that ends, interestingly, before the Yale Law School grad was sworn in as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Hers is a voice that lands squarely between self-deprecating and proud, grateful and defiant; a voice lilted with bits of Puerto Rican poetry; a voice full of anger, sadness, ambition, and love. My Beloved World is one resonant, glorious tale of struggle and triumph. --Sara Nelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:52 -0400)

"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 ... book"--… (more)

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