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.
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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. 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.
From to… More about Sonia Sotomayor. This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt. This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. 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.
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Yes, she has. And by the time you close My Beloved World , you understand how she has mastered judging, too. We, the jury in this case, find her irresistible. The author shines in her passages on childhood, family, and self-discovery.
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It hums with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph.
A powerful defense of empathy. She has spent her life imagining her way into the hearts of everyone around her.
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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. A portrait of a genuinely interesting person. A 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 inside.
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I certainly hope My Beloved World inspires readers to chase their dreams. In 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. Readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice.
Mature, life-affirming musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride. The book— My Beloved World —has also had a powerful impact on a group of Rutgers undergraduates who read the autobiography and wrote their own memoirs as part of a new seminar offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the School of Arts and Sciences. Otero-Torres , who saw the book as a powerful means to explore issues of race, gender, and politics, and to inspire students to reflect on their own lives.
The way the book is written has the effect of validating their stories.
And they need to own their stories. Otero-Torres initially taught the class as a Byrne Seminar for first-year students.
But over time, she decided it was the ideal seminar for more experienced students who are majoring or minoring in Spanish. The class was held in the Language Lab Building where a special video portal designed by the Department of Computer Science allowed students on the Newark campus to take the seminar. For seniors graduating this week in the Class of , the seminar provided an opportunity to engage in deep reflection at the end of a busy four years.
Students were required to write a page memoir, in Spanish. Baran, who wants to be a lawyer, said the book provides helpful advice on getting through law school and succeeding in the legal profession. Ilana Shaiman, majoring in Spanish and journalism and media studies, wants to be a writer. She too felt that the book will have a lasting impact on her. Pinzon, majoring in Spanish and psychology, said it was cathartic talking about the book during an oral presentation to the class. She discussed another painful parallel between Sotomayor's life and her own: The death of her father. Students found that writing their own memoir was no easy task.
But they said that struggling through the process left them feeling a little wiser, empathetic, and self-aware. It was connecting the dots of who I am.