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ISBN#9780307594884
BIB ID#1610382
Call# B Sotomayor

My beloved world

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
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ix, 315 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Summary
Needles -- At home -- Abuelita -- Gilmar's goodbyes -- Trips to Puerto Rico -- Papi's death -- El luto -- Celina's story -- Transformation -- Diabetes, Nancy Drew, Perry Mason -- Middle school -- Transition to CSHS, first job -- Co-op city / high school -- Forensics club, Celina starts hostos -- College dreams -- Princeton -- Abuelita's death -- Puerto Rican identity -- Pyne prize, graduation, wedding -- Yale -- Morgenthau recruiting -- D.A.'s office : learning the ropes -- Divorce -- Found families -- Child porn, Tarzan, Nelson's death -- PRLDEF, pro bono -- Pavia and Harcourt -- Diabetes, personal growth -- Judge. "An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronxhousing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. 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-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"--

Reviews and Notes

Summary/Annotation ->  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.

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