Justice Sotomayor tells the amazing tale of her life
with the full candor and color that she has come to be
known for. Her brilliant rise in the judicial ranks is
part street smarts and part book smarts, both driven by
the sheer determination that lies deep within.
While some who have walked a similar
path; alcoholic father, uneducated mother, poverty and
gangs; “Sonia From The Bronx” has emerged a joyous and
compassionate woman with a constant connection to the
community she dearly loves.
As the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme
Court and daughter of a mother who spoke mostly Spanish
at home, the book, Beloved World, is being published in
both English and Spanish. She is a star in the Hispanic
community, attending local events and celebrations,
attending to children, and always lending a word of
encouragement and support to those she meets.
She is shaped as much by her father’s alcoholism and
resulting family arguments as she is by the diagnoses of
Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes. She has often stated
that it created a sense of urgency that she
“couldn’t afford to waste time” and also that she had to
“live life to the fullest” and cram as much in as she
could, every single day.
And with this same generosity of spirit, she shares
the intimate details of her life for others, in the
hopes that someone else “may find comfort, perhaps even
inspiration, from a close examination of how an ordinary
person, with strengths and weaknesses like anyone else,
has managed an extraordinary journey.” Perhaps the most
important lesson to be learned though, is that all one
needs to do to have joy is to live joyfully, which is
the singular constant in Sonia Sotomayor’s “Beloved