My Beloved World

Written by:
Sonia Sotomayor
Narrated by:
Rita Moreno

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2013
12 hours 28 minutes
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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Philip H.

I enjoyed Justice Sotomayor's life story as it was inspiring. She prided herself in working hard, good character, commitment, and to learn how to be successful as a pioneer who was unaware of the many challenges she has to experience. She has sacrificed for her cause to make our country better, probably much more than most people would do. She has accomplished so much, willing to be the first woman or Hispanic to accomplish her goals. What I especially enjoyed was her willingness to acknowledge her weaknesses, like her lifelong struggle with diabetes or family issues, and how she faced them.

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Grid G.

Absolutely fantastic and inspiring. Also and evidence to a difficult path for every woman who pursue a successful career in the men’s world!

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Jorge Delgado

Justice Sotomayor is an amazing story teller. I feel empowered! More important, I don't feel alone anymore.

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