Mom Under Cover goes between the covers of Justice Sotomayor’s book.
My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. (B)
Justice Sotomayor’s autobiography (or are they all memoirs nowadays?) recounts her childhood and adult life until her nomination to the U. S. Supreme Court. Readers familiar with The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls) will recognize a familiar story—a bright young girl whose parents are ill equipped to raise children. Sotomayor’s writing is plodding and lacks literary style, but an authentic voice comes through. Near the end I wanted to tell that voice to SHUT UP as she became preachy and grating. Nevertheless, I learned a number of things about her (she was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, married a high school sweetheart, and wanted to be a judge when she watched Perry Mason). Sotomayor is a self-proclaimed product of affirmative action. Her story demonstrates that in spite of meager circumstances (bordering on poverty), a child with at least one nurturing adult, some smarts, a chance to compete, and a little grit can make it after all.