In the book "My Beloved World: A Memoir", the author Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares her life story before becoming a judge. In the illustrated edition of the book, Sotomayor has described vividly her young age experiences of a housing project and her passionately emotional and socially sensitive relationships with a passionately spiritual grandparent.
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the book became instantly popular since her her life story related to overcoming adversity with uncommon tenacity in an illustrative manner. In her life story, Sotomayor describes her precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father and a devoted mother. After the death of her alcoholic father at the age of nine, she took refuge from the toil and turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother.
In her over three-hundred page book, the author describes how she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and precocious health; she kept on working hard and became a self-made person. She became self-dependent with self-effprts and dever deviated from the path of realizing her vision. She learned to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life.
Sotomayor's Memoir describes her professional role models and her determination to become a lawyer. The book describes how a dream sustained Sotomayor through detemined studies, hard work and self-dependence to attain highest honors at 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. The book also describes how the author's keenness to learn from others and professional mentors. Despite a failed marriage, she could create an extended family of cherished friends and their children.
This illustrated warm and honest memoir shows how determination, self-effort, self-invention and self-discovery can make one realise one's dreams and become a role model for others. In short, the book is a well-described, illustrated, inspiring, resonant, glorious tale of grit, struggle and triumph, and hence worth reading.