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.
Justice Sotomayor writes beautifully & inspirationally about her life growing up in the projects of NYC. This book is a tribute to determination, diversity and intelligence. The individuals who wrote the negative bile masquerading for reviews have either not read the book, work for Fox News, Karl Rove or the Koch brothers or are incapable of appreciating excellent literature. Read this book and discover this remarkable woman for yourself.
Too Self Important. Ruins the book.
She's in a little bit too much awe of herself for me, ruins what could have been an interesting book, and an interesting story. Yes, she accomplished a lot from humble beginnings, which is the kind of story I love to read about and listen to, but now she talks like everything she says is profound, and you feel like she's expecting you to applaud her everytime she pauses. I was looking forward to the book, and disappointed when I saw her on the Daily show, the self importance is a major turn off.
All of the bad reviews have one thing in common besides the one star, they're all written by hateful vengeful Republicans. You shouldn't write a review unless you've actually read a book and done so without bias. This is an inspiring story of a woman who really lived the American dream. She deserves her status as icon and is a fantastic role model for young women and young men. Sonia is exactly the type of Supreme Court Justice that America needs, one that understands what real hardship is, what racism is and how sexism still burdens people.