January 15, 2013

DEBUT: MY BELOVED WORLD by Sonia Sotomayor

  
HOT OFF THE PRESS!  BOOK DEBUTS TODAY!

From a Bronx housing project to the Federal bench, Sonia Sotomayor has come a long way.  She is an inspiration to Latina girls of all ages.  Here for the first time, is the story of Sotomayor's rocky childhood, and the long, hard road to becoming the first Hispanic and the third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court.  It's a personal look at the private woman behind the bench.  Congratulations, Sonia!



BOOK SUMMARY:    MY BELOVED WORLD tells the story of Sotomayor's 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.

Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this role on August 8, 2009.



Publication date:  January 15, 2013, Knoft Doubleday Publishing Group