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  • ISBN: 9780345804839
  • ISBN10: 034580483X

My Beloved World : A Memoir

by Sotomayor, Sonia

  • List Price: $15.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publish date: 09/10/2013
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"A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of ageIf 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 readerThis account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply feltThis 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 SoniaThe 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-heartedA powerful defense of empathyShe has spent her life imagining her way into the hearts of everyone around herAnyone 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 "RemarkableA 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 personalA 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 insideI certainly hope My Beloved World inspires readers to chase their dreams." -Jason Farago, NPR "Vital, loving, and incisiveIn 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 autobiographyReaders across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice." - Publisher's 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 memoirMature, life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride." - Kirkus Reviews
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