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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; Reprint edition (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034580483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345804839
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.2 cm
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A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age. . . . 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. . . . This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt. . . . This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It s an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication.
Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times "
The book delivers on its promise of intimacy in its depictions of Sotomayor s family, the corner of Puerto Rican immigrant New York where she was raised and the link she feels to the island where she spent childhood summers. . . . This is a woman who knows where she comes from and has the force to bring you there. Sotomayor does this by being cleareyed about the flaws of the adults who raised her she lets them be complicated. . . . I ve spent my whole life learning how to do things that were hard for me, Sotomayor tells an acquaintance when he asks whether becoming a judge will be difficult for her. Yes, she has. And by the time you close "My Beloved World," you understand how she has mastered judging, too.
Emily Bazelon, "The New York Times Book Review"
With buoyant humor and thoughtful candor, she recounts her rise from a crime-infested neighborhood in the South Bronx to the nation s highest court. I will be judged as a human being by what readers find here, Sotomayor writes. We, the jury in this case, find her irresistible.
John Wilwol, "Washingtonian"
Sotomayor turns out to be a writer of depth and literary flair. . . . "My Beloved World" is steeped in vivid memories of New York City, and it is an exceptionally frank account of the challenges that she faced during her ascent from a public housing project to the court s marble palace on First Street.
Adam Liptak, "The New York Times"
You ll see in Sotomayor a surprising wealth of candor, wit, and affection. No topic is off limits, not her diabetes, her father s death, her divorce, or her cousin s death from AIDS. Put the kettle on, reader, it s time for some real talk with Titi Sonia. . . . The author shines in her passages on childhood, family, and self-discovery. Her magical portraits of loved ones bring to mind Sandra Cisneros s "The House on Mango Street"; both authors bring a sense of childlike wonder and empathy to a world rarely seen in books, a Latin-American and womancentric world.
Grace Bello, "Christian Science Monitor"
This is a page-turner, beautifully written and novelistic in its tale of family, love and triumph. It hums with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph.
Nina Totenberg, "NPR
"
Big-hearted. . . . A powerful defense of empathy. . . . She has spent her life imagining her way into the hearts of everyone around her. . . . Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages. It didn t take just a village: It took a country.
Dahlia Lithwick, "The Washington Post"
"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.
Carla Main, "Wall Street Journal"
Remarkable. . . . A portrait of a genuinely interesting person.
Michael Tomasky, "Daily Beast"
In a refreshing conversational style, Sotomayor tells her fascinating life story with the hope of providing comfort, perhaps even inspiration to others, particularly children, who face hard times. People who live in difficult circumstances, Sotomayor writes in her preface, need to know that happy endings are possible.
Jay Wexler, "Boston Globe"
Classic Sotomayor: intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal. . . . A portrait of an underprivileged but brilliant young woman who makes her way into the American elite and does her best to reform it from the inside. . . . I certainly hope "My Beloved World" inspires readers to chase their dreams.
Jason Farago, NPR
Vital, loving, and incisive. . . . In this revealing memoir, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor candidly and gracefully recounts her formative years. Her memoir shows both her continued self-reliance and her passion for community.
"Library Journal "(Starred review)
Justice Sotomayor recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. . . . Readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice.
"Publishers Weekly"
Amazingly candid . . . an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward.
"Booklist" (Starred review)
Graceful, authoritative memoir. . . . Mature, life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride.
"Kirkus Reviews""

A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age. . . . 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. . . . This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt. . . . This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It s an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication.
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
The book delivers on its promise of intimacy in its depictions of Sotomayor s family, the corner of Puerto Rican immigrant New York where she was raised and the link she feels to the island where she spent childhood summers. . . . This is a woman who knows where she comes from and has the force to bring you there. Sotomayor does this by being cleareyed about the flaws of the adults who raised her she lets them be complicated. . . . I ve spent my whole life learning how to do things that were hard for me, Sotomayor tells an acquaintance when he asks whether becoming a judge will be difficult for her. Yes, she has. And by the time you close My Beloved World, you understand how she has mastered judging, too.
Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Book Review
With buoyant humor and thoughtful candor, she recounts her rise from a crime-infested neighborhood in the South Bronx to the nation s highest court. I will be judged as a human being by what readers find here, Sotomayor writes. We, the jury in this case, find her irresistible.
John Wilwol, Washingtonian
Sotomayor turns out to be a writer of depth and literary flair. . . . My Beloved World is steeped in vivid memories of New York City, and it is an exceptionally frank account of the challenges that she faced during her ascent from a public housing project to the court s marble palace on First Street.
Adam Liptak, The New York Times
You ll see in Sotomayor a surprising wealth of candor, wit, and affection. No topic is off limits, not her diabetes, her father s death, her divorce, or her cousin s death from AIDS. Put the kettle on, reader, it s time for some real talk with Titi Sonia. . . . The author shines in her passages on childhood, family, and self-discovery. Her magical portraits of loved ones bring to mind Sandra Cisneros s The House on Mango Street; both authors bring a sense of childlike wonder and empathy to a world rarely seen in books, a Latin-American and womancentric world.
Grace Bello, Christian Science Monitor
This is a page-turner, beautifully written and novelistic in its tale of family, love and triumph. It hums with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph.
Nina Totenberg, NPR

Big-hearted. . . . A powerful defense of empathy. . . . She has spent her life imagining her way into the hearts of everyone around her. . . . Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages. It didn t take just a village: It took a country.
Dahlia Lithwick, The Washington Post
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.
Carla Main, Wall Street Journal
Remarkable. . . . A portrait of a genuinely interesting person.
Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast
In a refreshing conversational style, Sotomayor tells her fascinating life story with the hope of providing comfort, perhaps even inspiration to others, particularly children, who face hard times. People who live in difficult circumstances, Sotomayor writes in her preface, need to know that happy endings are possible.
Jay Wexler, Boston Globe
Classic Sotomayor: intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal. . . . A portrait of an underprivileged but brilliant young woman who makes her way into the American elite and does her best to reform it from the inside. . . . I certainly hope My Beloved World inspires readers to chase their dreams.
Jason Farago, NPR
Vital, loving, and incisive. . . . In this revealing memoir, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor candidly and gracefully recounts her formative years. Her memoir shows both her continued self-reliance and her passion for community.
Library Journal (Starred review)
Justice Sotomayor recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. . . . Readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice.
Publishers Weekly
Amazingly candid . . . an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward.
Booklist (Starred review)
Graceful, authoritative memoir. . . . Mature, life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride.
Kirkus Reviews

"

-A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age. . . . 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. . . . This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt. . . . This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It's an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication.-
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
-The book delivers on its promise of intimacy in its depictions of Sotomayor's family, the corner of Puerto Rican immigrant New York where she was raised and the link she feels to the island where she spent childhood summers. . . . This is a woman who knows where she comes from and has the force to bring you there. Sotomayor does this by being cleareyed about the flaws of the adults who raised her--she lets them be complicated. . . . 'I've spent my whole life learning how to do things that were hard for me, ' Sotomayor tells an acquaintance when he asks whether becoming a judge will be difficult for her. Yes, she has. And by the time you close My Beloved World, you understand how she has mastered judging, too.-
--Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Book Review
-With buoyant humor and thoughtful candor, she recounts her rise from a crime-infested neighborhood in the South Bronx to the nation's highest court. 'I will be judged as a human being by what readers find here, ' Sotomayor writes. We, the jury in this case, find her irresistible.-
--John Wilwol, Washingtonian
-Sotomayor turns out to be a writer of depth and literary flair. . . . My Beloved World is steeped in vivid memories of New York City, and it is an exceptionally frank account of the challenges that she faced during her ascent from a public housing project to the court's marble palace on First Street.-
--Adam Liptak, The New York Times
-You'll see in Sotomayor a surprising wealth of candor, wit, and affection. No topic is off limits, not her diabetes, her father's death, her divorce, or her cousin's death from AIDS. Put the kettle on, reader, it's time for some real talk with Titi Sonia. . . . The author shines in her passages on childhood, family, and self-discovery. Her magical portraits of loved ones bring to mind Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street; both authors bring a sense of childlike wonder and empathy to a world rarely seen in books, a Latin-American and womancentric world.-
--Grace Bello, Christian Science Monitor
-This is a page-turner, beautifully written and novelistic in its tale of family, love and triumph. It hums with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph.-
--Nina Totenberg, NPR

-Big-hearted. . . . A powerful defense of empathy. . . . She has spent her life imagining her way into the hearts of everyone around her. . . . Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages. It didn't take just a village: It took a country.-
--Dahlia Lithwick, The Washington Post
-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.-
--Carla Main, Wall Street Journal
-Remarkable. . . . A portrait of a genuinely interesting person.-
--Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast
-In a refreshing conversational style, Sotomayor tells her fascinating life story with the hope of providing 'comfort, perhaps even inspiration' to others, particularly children, who face hard times. 'People who live in difficult circumstances, ' Sotomayor writes in her preface, 'need to know that happy endings are possible.'-
--Jay Wexler, Boston Globe
-Classic Sotomayor: intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal. . . . A portrait of an underprivileged but brilliant young woman who makes her way into the American elite and does her best to reform it from the inside. . . . I certainly hope My Beloved World inspires readers to chase their dreams.-
--Jason Farago, NPR
-Vital, loving, and incisive. . . . In this revealing memoir, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor candidly and gracefully recounts her formative years. Her memoir shows both her continued self-reliance and her passion for community.-
--Library Journal (Starred review)
-Justice Sotomayor recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. . . . Readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice.-
--Publishers Weekly
-Amazingly candid . . . an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward.-
--Booklist (Starred review)
-Graceful, authoritative memoir. . . . Mature, life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride.-
--Kirkus Reviews



"A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age. . . . 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. . . . This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt. . . . This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It's an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"The book delivers on its promise of intimacy in its depictions of Sotomayor's family, the corner of Puerto Rican immigrant New York where she was raised and the link she feels to the island where she spent childhood summers. . . . This is a woman who knows where she comes from and has the force to bring you there. Sotomayor does this by being cleareyed about the flaws of the adults who raised her--she lets them be complicated. . . . 'I've spent my whole life learning how to do things that were hard for me, ' Sotomayor tells an acquaintance when he asks whether becoming a judge will be difficult for her. Yes, she has. And by the time you close My Beloved World, you understand how she has mastered judging, too."
--Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Book Review

"With buoyant humor and thoughtful candor, she recounts her rise from a crime-infested neighborhood in the South Bronx to the nation's highest court. 'I will be judged as a human being by what readers find here, ' Sotomayor writes. We, the jury in this case, find her irresistible."
--John Wilwol, Washingtonian

"Sotomayor turns out to be a writer of depth and literary flair. . . . My Beloved World is steeped in vivid memories of New York City, and it is an exceptionally frank account of the challenges that she faced during her ascent from a public housing project to the court's marble palace on First Street."
--Adam Liptak, The New York Times

"You'll see in Sotomayor a surprising wealth of candor, wit, and affection. No topic is off limits, not her diabetes, her father's death, her divorce, or her cousin's death from AIDS. Put the kettle on, reader, it's time for some real talk with Titi Sonia. . . . The author shines in her passages on childhood, family, and self-discovery. Her magical portraits of loved ones bring to mind Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street; both authors bring a sense of childlike wonder and empathy to a world rarely seen in books, a Latin-American and womancentric world."
--Grace Bello, Christian Science Monitor

"This is a page-turner, beautifully written and novelistic in its tale of family, love and triumph. It hums with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph."
--Nina Totenberg, NPR

"Big-hearted. . . . A powerful defense of empathy. . . . She has spent her life imagining her way into the hearts of everyone around her. . . . Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages. It didn't take just a village: It took a country."
--Dahlia Lithwick, The Washington Post

"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."
--Carla Main, Wall Street Journal

"Remarkable. . . . A portrait of a genuinely interesting person."
--Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

"In a refreshing conversational style, Sotomayor tells her fascinating life story with the hope of providing 'comfort, perhaps even inspiration' to others, particularly children, who face hard times. 'People who live in difficult circumstances, ' Sotomayor writes in her preface, 'need to know that happy endings are possible.'"
--Jay Wexler, Boston Globe

"Classic Sotomayor: intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal. . . . A portrait of an underprivileged but brilliant young woman who makes her way into the American elite and does her best to reform it from the inside. . . . I certainly hope My Beloved World inspires readers to chase their dreams."
--Jason Farago, NPR

"Vital, loving, and incisive. . . . In this revealing memoir, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor candidly and gracefully recounts her formative years. Her memoir shows both her continued self-reliance and her passion for community."
--Library Journal (Starred review)

"Justice Sotomayor recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. . . . Readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice."
--Publishers Weekly

"Amazingly candid . . . an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward."
--Booklist (Starred review)

"Graceful, authoritative memoir. . . . Mature, life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride."
--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this role on August 8, 2009.

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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2013
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Sonia Sotomayor's greatest regret was that she never told her father she loved him. Born into a difficult life, Sonia learned early to avoid her alcoholic father. Her mother worked long hours, and Sonia felt she was alone. She later realized that her mother loved her deeply,and her mother is her great hero. Sonia learned to be independent, learned that the written word was her friend. She immersed herself in books, and thus her love affair with books. Her mother also was talked into purchasing a set of encyclopedias, and she read them all. She learned to love the ideas of alternative worlds and what they could teach us. She also loved her family. She remembers weekends when family and friends convened to make the food of her ancestry, and she would listen to them talk.

Sonia was bright and was able to get into Princeton. She felt overwhelmed by what she did not know. In the summer before and after work she studied English and other subjects. She excelled and went to law school. She moved on up to a judgeship, after long hours as a lawyer. She feels this was the happiest time of her life. She had many friends and was not well known, so she could relax and enjoy herself. When President Obama called telling her he had chosen her as his Supreme Court Justice, tears streamed down her face, and life as she knew it changed.

Sonia married early in life, but both she and her husband realized she could not be his everything. Sonia had too many plans, was too independent, but they remain friends. Now, Sonia has a very busy life, filled with law and the written word. She socializes with the Justices, but they are not her entire life. She loves her job, and realizes she never has to interview for a job, again!
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 May 2013
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"Furthermore, whom should I serve?" -- 2 Samuel 16:19 (NKJV)

Most people have few problems deciding whom they should serve. It's "me," "me," "me," "me."

For Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, the answer was always "others," "others," "others," and "others."

While some arrive at the same answer as Ms. Sotomayor, many of them reach that point through guilt, feelings of inadequacy, and felt pressure from others.

From reading this book carefully, I got the sense that Ms. Sotomayor operates more in this way: "If I can help, I will." It's a calling with her.

I don't often have the pleasure to read about the life of such a person. I felt blessed by this opportunity.

Many readers will enjoy (as I did) gaining a better sense of what it's like to grow up with Type 1 diabetes, be of Puerto Rican ancestry, and to face challenges for which one has little preparation to make things easier.

I was intrigued by her descriptions of learning to be an effective prosecutor. Most memoirs skip over the details of such trials by fire.

Be aware that this is not an autobiography. It isn't rigorously capturing a life, bur rather giving her thoughts about her experiences ... through the time when she was first appointed to be a Federal district judge.

I don't know another person who has worn the black robes who has been so candid and open about a personal life before sitting behind the bench. I admire her for doing so.

If you read only one memoir this year, I commend this one to you as an excellent choice.
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I found this book so inspiring. Sonia is certainly a positive role model. I usually read fiction but found this caught my attention immediately.
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