The book and author

My Beloved World book cover

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. Her memoir, My Beloved World, details her journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

My Beloved World is a story of love, self-discovery and human triumph. Despite having only television characters for professional role models when she was a child, Sotomayor resolved to become a lawyer. That dream took her 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 by the age of 40.

The book debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction in early 2013 and remained there for several weeks. A Christian Science Monitor review notes  “a surprising wealth of candor, wit, and affection. No topic is off-limits, not her diabetes, her father’s death, her divorce, her cousin’s death from AIDS.” According to The Washington Post, “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.”

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Additional reading lists

We've assembled several reading lists to dive deeper into the Everybody Reads experience. We encourage you to learn more about the Supreme Court, life in public housing, tales and culture from Puerto Rico, and much more.