My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. New York: Knopf, 2013. 315p. Sacred Heart University Library: KF8745 .S67 A3 2013 (New Book Display, Library First Floor)
“I was barely awake, and my mother was already screaming. I knew Papi would start yelling in a second. That much was routine…” Thus begins My Beloved World, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s coming-of-age memoir. In it, she deals candidly and intimately with the challenges of her life, and her determination to overcome them.
The argument she records above, for example, followed her diagnosis of juvenile diabetes at age 7, as her parents sparred about who should take the responsibility of giving Sonia the daily insulin shots she would need for the rest of her life. Sonia shortly learned to do her own shots – once she realized that to be sure she got these essential treatments in her unreliable world, she would have to do them herself.
Her challenges, she writes, did not keep her from great achievements, and she wrote her memoir “to make my hopeful example accessible. People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible.” (p.viii)