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My Beloved World
 
 
Author
Sonia Sotomayor.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780307594884
Pages/Publication Date 315/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38899
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The first Hispanic and only the third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor gives us this remarkable memoir—the most candid and personal ever written by a sitting Justice—recounting her life's journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. Losing her father at nine, escaping a chaotic home life by taking refuge with her spirited grandmother, and receiving a diagnosis of childhood diabetes, the precocious Sotomayor became highly self-reliant. Her only professional role models were television characters, and she determined to become a lawyer—an unlikely dream that nonetheless propelled her from high school valedictorian to earning the highest honors at Princeton and at Yale Law School, and a career that included the New York County District Attorney's office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of 40.

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

"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."—NYTimes

"[A] big-hearted ... 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."—Washington Post

 
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