Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” selected for Everybody Reads 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 3, 2013 — Multnomah County Library has selected United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” for its 12th annual community reading project, Everybody Reads 2014. The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has become an American icon. In this autobiography, she 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.”

How to participate in Everybody Reads

Read. Extra copies of the book will be available (while supplies last) at all neighborhood libraries in early January 2014, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. Readers are encouraged to share these extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Discuss. Beginning in February 2014, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library, local bookstore or elsewhere in the community.

Be inspired. Justice Sotomayor will speak on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale June 3, 2013, at

Learn. Visit in 2014 for related events and resources, and the latest information.

Everybody Reads 2014, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible by The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.