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My Beloved World (Paperback)

Author:  Sonia Sotomayor
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 034580483X
ISBN-13: 9780345804839
Sku: 247335351
Publish Date: 1/7/2014
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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.

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"[I]f 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." - Michiko Kakutani 01/22/2013
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