My Beloved World

My Beloved World

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio, p2013.
ISBN: 9780307913104
Branch Call Number: B SOTOMAYER SONIA
Characteristics: 10 compact discs (ca. 12 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Moreno, Rita


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Apr 04, 2016

I loved this audio book. Rita Moreno did a wonderful job reading Sonia's story. This book is very inspirational for all women of the world and for anyone interested in having a career. I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to hear her life's story. I do feel that Sonia was put here on earth to be "chosen" as a Supreme Court Justice.

Mar 21, 2016

Absolutely loved this book. The librarian recommended it, I had just started listening to audiobooks, while driving.
I love Rita Moreno's narration. Loved the relationship between Sonia and her grandmother because it' was so much like the one my grandmother and I had. Made me teary.
A must read.

PimaLib_MaryG Mar 16, 2016

I have fallen in love with Sonia Sotomayor! I started listening to this book for a book club, thoroughly expecting to be bored to tears. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Sotomayor is an engaging writer with a very moving story to tell. And Rita Moreno is an excellent reader.

Mar 02, 2014

What an amazing lady! Justice Sotomayor has overcome so much (language barrier, class struggles, racism and sexism) and done it with a humility that is awe inspiring. Her self-discipline, work ethic, and ability to reason her way through a problem, even from a young age, is astounding. Further, Sotomayor took the long view of her life and career, and always challenged herself to improve. I've truly relished this chance to learn about Justice Sotomayor. She's a wonderful role model

Sep 29, 2013

While I enjoyed many of Sotomayor's stories, I found her ego and self-aggrandizement to be a bit tiresome, and I looked forward to the end of the book. I can see this book being helpful to young people planning to go a similar route with their careers.

bnotash70 Jul 14, 2013

Well written memoir of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Enjoyed her story

Jan 29, 2013

Can't wait to get the audiobook!


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