My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayor

My Beloved World

By Sonia Sotomayor

  • Release Date: 2013-01-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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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 forty. 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.



    Inspiring, lovely book. I am giving gifts of the book to a number of very bright, mostly African American who when I suggest applying to IVY schools and Stanford never heard of those schools but who deserve to go to them. (My wife & I are Cornell graduates) Thank you Sonia for being you and sharing your story with our book club and so many others.
  • My Beloved World

    By Bratzielou
    Wow! What a beautifully written and inspiring book. I could not put it down!
  • Inspiring and heartwarming

    By KuonHunt
    This well-written book was inspiring and satisfying from beginning to end. I was awed at the degree to which someone in such a role in our society would lay themselves bare, and honored by the opportunity to be witness to such truth. She clearly achieved her stated goals for the book, while remaining true to her own personality. I feel as though I have come to know her deeply, as one would a friend known over a long time, so unstintingly has she revealed herself and her history.
  • Inspiring

    By CarmenJuanita
    Reading this book took me back to my own life growing up in the South Bronx in the early '50's. I could not put the book down. The more I read, the more memories of my own family was awakened. The book is easy to read as well as entertaining and educational. How fortunate for Sonia to have a mother who instilled education in her children. A great example for young parents. A must read for all ages.
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

    By EAbirch
    A beautiful and very personal memoir of a remarkable woman who has lived a complex life that many of us can only fantasize about being brave, hard-working and intelligent enough to undertake. Most moving of all is her portrait of her mother- told with compassion and love.toemerge as the parent Justce Sotomayor
  • Inspriational

    By Melikethis
    just a girl from the Bronx…who knew?
  • Moving and Heartfelt

    By One Suitcase
    A moving and heartfelt story of Sonia Sotomayor’s improbable rise from the Bronx projects to judge on the US District Court in New York (and eventually the US Supreme Court), and her triumph over much adversity.
  • Very interesting book

    By Tainos5
    I read the hardcover book and I must say this is one of the best books I have read in my life. This book inspires me and Sonia is very humble and very grateful.
  • My beloved world

    By Marty Hawkes Germain
    This is a fabulous book that has brought me to tears, especially concerning her cousin, Nelson. Anyone who has experienced abandonment or familial substance abuse will relate with her story. I feel deep gratitude to her for showing how hard work and introspection can be the basis of a meaningful life and provide such inspiration to people from all walks of life. Martha Germain
  • My Beloved World

    By Cobra 177987
    Sonia, I barely got out of high school and wanted to be a lawyer. I was a finalist it moot court written and moot court oral. When I took my exams I flunked out. Flunking out of law school was the best thing that ever happened to me. I became very successful in business and really enjoyed your book. What a great book. My life and values are very close to yours and kept thinking that you wrote a book that was like my life, family, friends,values, and the " heart of a lion.. and the eye of the tiger." Had to work seven days a week to pay for my education because my 15 year old sister died when I was 17 and we had no more money. I love all my lawyers but am glad I flunked out because I wouldn't have been good at being a lawyer. Thank you for being you and overcoming all your obstacles. You are an inspiration to all of us. Me being a 5'4" hall of fame football playing nose guard and a Jewish kid who never knew he was small or poor until I was told by my father in law. Warm regards, Richard Salinsky