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Destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery--an inspiring gift for any new graduate.
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant
American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx
housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary
determination and the power of believing in oneself.
Here is the story of a 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.