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 ...
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.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Author Signed boldly by Justice Sotomayor, with brief personal inscription. Stated First Edition. A bright unread copy. Thin indent on page ends, and bump to spine edge. Newlooking glossy jacket with same spine edge bump.
Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 9780307594884. NF hardback in a fine dust jacket. Previous owner gift inscription on the half title page. Book is like new otherwise. Sotomayor signed her name only on the title page. No personalization.; 9.30 X 6.30 X 1.40 inches; 336 pages; Signed by Author.
Very Good in Good to Very Good jacket. Hardcover. Signed by Author Boards are lightly faded and rubbed. Dust jacket is lightly tanned, rubbed, and scratched. Textblock is tight. Textblock edges are lightly tanned. Signed on title page. Interior is tanned but unmarked and clean.
As New in As New dust jacket. 9780307594884. No defects. No notes or other names. No markings. DJ not price clipped ($27.95); Flat signed by Sotomayor at title page. Not inscribed.; 315 pages; Signed by Author.
Fine jacket. Signed. First Edition. Signed by author on title page. Stated first edition, first printing in like new condition. Excellent condition inside and out. No damage to the book. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Signed by author on title page. Not personalized. Stated First Edition, first printing in fine / like new condition. The dust jacket is clean and undamaged. Pages are clean. Boards are solid, and spine is square and tight. Unclipped DJ. No remainder mark. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
A wonderful story of the Puerto Rican and legal communities. While Ms Sotomayor says she is not predicting how she will act on the Supreme Court, it is amazing how often her Supreme Court dissents correspond well to passages and concerns in this autobiography.
May 22, 2014
Fascinating and inspiring
Sonia Sotomayor, now a supreme court judge, tells her story from happy but impoverished childhood to her current position of respect and authority, dealing with severe diabetes along the way. The book reads well and moves right along till the last introspective chapter or two, when it bogs down in self-evaluation. But the childhood, student and early career chapters are entrancing.
Nov 7, 2013
Ms. Sotomayor's clear recollections of her childhood and young adulthood provide inspiration and show her energy and compassion. A slice of American history.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-11-19 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, born poor in the South Bronx and appointed to the federal bench as its first Hispanic justice, recounts numerous obstacles and remarkable achievements in this personal and inspiring autobiography. Her path to the highest court in the land was rife with difficulties, but it wasn't circuitous-from an early age, Sotomayor was determined to become a lawyer. To reach her goal she overcame diabetes, the language barrier (her Puerto Rican family spoke Spanish at home), the early death of her beloved alcoholic father, and-in the academic and professional worlds-the disparaging of minorities. In some respects, her story-that of a second-generation immigrant rallying familial support, educational opportunities, and plenty of ambition and discipline to realize the American dream-is familiar, but her extraordinary success makes her experience noteworthy. Sotomayor is clear-eyed about the factors and people that helped her succeed, and she is open about her personal failures, foremost among them an unsuccessful marriage. Regardless of political philosophies, readers across the board will be moved by this intimate look at the life of a justice. 16 pages of photos. Announced first printing: 200,000. Agent: Peter Bernstein, Bernstein Literary Agency. (Jan. 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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