My Beloved World (Prebound)

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In this revealing and uplifting memoir, Sotomayor tells of
her troubled upbringing living in the housing projects of the Bronx, her
alcoholic father dying when she was 9, and a mother who was determined that her
children grow up with a love of learning and a desire to see them go to
college. Sotomayor doesn’t stray away from discussing her personal issues
either: chronic diabetes and bouts of unconsciousness or her divorce and
childlessness.  Her most lively writing
is at Princeton and Yale where she excelled
academically.  Sotomayor is a product of
affirmative action, something she is proud of. 
She proves that long hard work alongside more wealthy students is
rewarded equally.  This is an inspiring
look at what can happen, if given the opportunity and hard work, great things
can be achieved.

— Richard Stonehouse


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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781627655019
ISBN-10: 1627655018
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 398
Language: English