My Beloved World

My Beloved World

eBook - 2013 | 1st ed
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HCL_staff_reviews Nov 04, 2019

In this entertaining well written autobiography Sotomayor the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court candidly recalls a tumultuous childhood growing up in a Bronx housing project during which time she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her mother's strong belief in education spurred her to thrive in school and her determination saw her through catholic school, Princeton and Yale Law School. Sotomayor is a natural storyteller leaving the reader to feel as though she is sitting by your side telling you her life's story. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library

Oct 22, 2017

This book was far too slow moving. Too much childhood & too much introspection. Does not reflect her public persona. I have seen her in person and she is more interesting than her book.

Jun 27, 2016

It is an interesting and somewhat inspiring book.It starts off with the justice growing up in the projects and her eagerness to learn .She would go out of her way to go above and beyond with her education. and how the lessons she learned as a child stayed with her throughout her life .Even now she continues to use them.

Aug 22, 2015

"The truth is that since childhood I had cultivated an existential independence. It came from perceiving the adults around me as unreliable, and without it I felt I wouldn't have survived. I cared deeply for everyone in my family, but in the end I depended on myself." Sotomayor tells her inspiring life story from birth to her appointment to the SCOTUS.
The truth is she’s still learning—a good lesson for us all. The NYT reviewer wrote: “She had learned from her mother, she says, that 'a surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.’” Written in straightforward prose, I’d recommend this to YA readers, too.

Mar 14, 2015

This was a surprisingly disappointing book. There should have been more about the judicial philosophy that drove her work as a state prosecutor, civil litigator and federal judge before she joined The Nine.

Jul 11, 2014

such an inspiring woman, very very interesting memoir of how to got to this point- can't wait til the next one with her thoughts on her days as a supreme court justice. kareng

Jun 27, 2014

[Update: 11/27/15: Three people murdered, and nine seriously injured, by mad gunman attacking a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs - - please see Sotomayor's vote below - - which is why we should all ignore the public relations' stories, and stick to the records of people, be they the Bush family, the Clintons or Sotomayor!]
Sotomayor (along with Elena Kagan) voted with the rest of the Justices on the Supreme Court to ban any boundary areas surrounding abortion clinics, thereby allowing protesters to bother - - and attack - - patients from just outside the door of the clinic. Again, I ask, these are supposed to be [in quotes} liberals?!?!?!?
Please listen to the following -- paying close attention to the final 5 to 10 minutes:

Jun 18, 2014

I guess I'll be the only commenter to offer a disclaimer: if you worship corporate power to the exclusion of real people, read and love Sotomayor, who consistenly ruled in favor of the insurance companies, with only several exceptions when she was a junior member of a panel of judges and the lead judge favored the plaintiff against the corporation. Remember sheeple, OBEY AUTHORITY!

Jun 18, 2014

Fantastic book that I could relate to. Very colorful descriptions. I am glad she wrote upfront that her book ends @ x number years ago because her intent was to share her journey of not only as a child but thru a young adult perspective.

Jun 12, 2014

Very impressed by her candour and descriptions of how juvenile diabetes and her large and loving family influenced her to work so hard and become a Supreme Court justice.

May 30, 2014

In this entertaining well written autobiography filled with humor and love Sotomayor the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court candidly recalls a tumultuous childhood growing up in a Bronx housing project during which time she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her mother?s strong belief in education spurred her to thrive in school and her determination saw her through catholic school, Princeton and Yale Law School. Sotomayor is a natural storyteller leaving the reader to feel as though she is sitting by your side telling you her life?s story.

Dec 26, 2013

I read the first two chapters of this and was not impressed with the writing although the story of her life is very interesting. It is writing like many autobiographies of famous people who are not very good writers. It is the selection for Everybody Reads and I had to return it, it could not be renewed.

Nov 07, 2013

Sotomayor's story captivated me. Her internal motivation, even as she encountered obstacle after obstacle in her young life and career, was nothing short of inspiring. I was particularly invested in the early chapters about her childhood and family upbringing, though her reflections on her higher education and legal career (up to her appointment as Supreme Court Justice) are also insightful. Sotomayor's voice is grateful and honest and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the people and events that have shaped her into who she is today-- though I was slightly disappointed that she doesn't let us in on any secrets of the Supreme Court!

gracindaisy Oct 11, 2013

As the first Hispanic & third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor’s path from the projects in the Bronx to Princeton, then Yale is a real American success story. Written in warm, engaging style, her journey is shaped by close family members, invaluable mentors and a remarkable ability to learn from every opportunity presented to her. Inspiring read!

Jane60201 Aug 29, 2013

An excellent book. I learned so much about Sotomayors's life that I hadn't known.

LaughingOne Aug 27, 2013

This is an excellent memoir about an amazing woman. The more I learned about her early life and the various hardships she faced, the more I admired her perseverence, her determination and will to succeed in whatever she chose to do. It is clear that the integrity she lives with today began early in her life. I highly recommend this book!

ChristchurchLib Jun 18, 2013

"Born in a housing project in the South Bronx, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor faced her fair share of challenges from an early age: her father died of complications from alcoholism and she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Nevertheless, thanks to the support of her extended Puerto Rican family, she worked hard and excelled in her studies, attending Princeton and Yale before being appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

kjdeer Jun 02, 2013

Fascinating woman. Fascinating story. Very well written.

Apr 09, 2013

In August 2009, Sonia Sotomayor assumed the role of a judge in the U.S Supreme Court. She made history as the first Hispanic to occupy this privileged position.
"My Beloved World is the story of Sonia's rise from her humble beginnings to this exalted position. It is a touching story of love, family loyalty, and Puerto Rican History both in Puerto Rico and America.
Sonia Sotomayor despite her disadvantages made it to Princeton and Law School in Yale - at times people shot barbs at her accusing her of being a product of Affirmative Action, but her excelling in these schools are a testament to her capabilities and should be enough to silence those barbs. My Beloved World is at once a memoir and a historical story. It makes for interesting reading.

JCLMELODYK Mar 15, 2013

What an incredible, brilliant woman. Child of Puerto Rican immigrants, alcoholic father, absentee mother and diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Sotomayor takes on the world bouyed by stratospheric intelligence, unbelievable work ethic and an amazing extended family!

Mar 13, 2013

One of the most inspirational books I've ever read. As soon as I finished it I wanted to read it again, but had to return it to the library. So I bought it.

snelson466 Mar 01, 2013

I loved this book. It's an inspiring story of a precocious child who grows up to hold a prestigious position in America in spite of her lack of acculturation into the more powerful segments of our society.

I found her story to be not only believable, but also full of practical things one can do to advance his or her own position/career.

Feb 21, 2013

I was very impressed with the book. The author does exactly what she sets out to do, to explain to the many people who have asked her what her background was that led her on her path. Many people asked how she has dealt with juvenile diabetes, about her Puerto Rican-American family and growing up within two cultures, and this book really explains it well. She talks about her naivete about the world, her sheltered life (in many ways) within the Puertoriqueno community in the Bronx, people that helped her, her mentors, her drive and how it caused problems in her marriage, etc. There are many "truths" in the book that are invaluable to all. It also helped me to understand a bit my father as he grew up more than 80 years ago as a child of immigrants.

Readers should not expect to know more about her recent life that led to her being appointed to the Supreme Court. She clearly states that is not included in the book.

Jan 29, 2013

Just saw Justice Sonia Sotomayor last night at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City presented by Kepler's Bookstore. She was interviewed by Belva Davis and I was really inspired by her story. Her memoir covers her youth and college years and all of the forces that came together that led to her ascent to the highest court in the nation. I haven't read her memoir yet, but cannot wait to do so..

Jan 25, 2013

Whenever I've seen Sonia Sotomayor on C-Span, I've been much impressed with her. I'm sure if I met her, I'd like her very much and thus I'm much saddened to say that I was disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to hearing about her Supreme Court seat (first Hispanic Supreme Court justice) and all that led up to it but alas, this book stops when Sonia Sotomayor achieved her first position as a judge. (Although she does mention her Supreme Court position in passing in an epilogue.)

My frustration with the book comes from her emphasis on her youth. At page 120, she's still in high school. I skimmed chapters even to get that far. Too much space is given to shopping with abuelita (grandma) and time with papi (father) or mami (mother) etc. Stories about her diabetes became a bit redundant. It was a bit shocking to find out that she decided to be a lawyer early in life under the influence of the Perry Mason show. Her interest in attending an Ivy League school was precipitated by seeing the college campus in the film, Love Story. When she married at a young age, her ideas about marriage were modeled after TV sitcoms. In her later years in college, she was unfamiliar with Phi Beta Kappa and didn't know what summa cum laude meant which I find incredible when she was attending Princeton. Almost 200 pages into the book, she's finally finished law school. All of that detail really wasn't that interesting to me; maybe it will be to other readers.

She does write convincingly about the importance of mentors and how they've been instrumental in her career. She stresses that hard work and long hours enable a person to accomplish things they weren't certain they could achieve. She discusses feeling like an imposter at times as she rose up the ladder but then each time realizing that, with study and dedication, she could and would become successful in her new position. She grew up being somewhat closed emotionally and tending not to share what was really happening with her; in her adulthood, she made a vow to change that and indeed this book reveals her willingness to share her emotions and history.

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