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More important from a reader's perspective, this is a page-turner, beautifully written and novelistic in its tale of family, love and triumph.
It is almost certain to become a best-seller. Justice Clarence Thomas was the last member of the court to write a book that topped the list of national book sales, but while his vividly written autobiography sizzles with rage and resentment, Sotomayor's hums with hope and exhilaration.
Those who remember the stilted Sotomayor confirmation hearings will learn from this book that the real Sonia Sotomayor is a very different animal. She is a joyous, compassionate Latina who revels in her heritage; she is the child of an alcoholic father, a chilly mother and a grandmother who served as her source of "protection and purpose.
Sotomayor's book is likely to be a best-seller not only because she has a great tale to tell and tells it well, but also because she is the first Hispanic to serve on the U.
Supreme Court. To watch the justice enter the kitchen of a large hotel to thank the staff after a big function is to understand her star power in the Hispanic community.
And for those like Sotomayor's mother, who spoke mainly Spanish at home, the book is being published not just in English but also in Spanish. The first revelation in Sotomayor's book is how three things dominated her childhood: her father's alcoholism, her parents' fights and her diabetes.
This last was because at the time of her diagnosis, diabetes was viewed as a "deadly curse. Above: Sotomayor, Courtesy of Justice Sonia Sotomayor hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Justice Sonia Sotomayor For this reviewer, the great narrative of the book involves Sotomayor's relationship with her mother, the parent she resented as a child, blaming her in some ways for her father's alcoholism.
Her mother's way of dealing with the drinking was to avoid being home — working nights and weekends. Looking at things through Sotomayor's eyes as a child, it was her mother who bore the blame for much of the family discord. It was her mother who moved the family away from other relatives and to the projects; it was her mother who made Sonia and her brother go to Catholic schools; and "though my mother and I shared the same bed He taught her how to choose fruit and meat, and the two were pals.
Even as a 9-year-old, though, Sonia Sotomayor was a realist.
She understood that her father was slipping away from her because of his drinking. When he died, she was not really surprised, nor was she surprised by her sadness. What did surprise and puzzle her was her mother's incredible grief — not realizing until much later that her mother was mourning not just the death of her husband, but the death of her marriage to a man she once had loved so deeply and dearly.
It would be a long time before Sotomayor would come to understand her mother and know how desperately hard her life had been as an orphan in Puerto Rico. And while the future justice credits her mother with teaching her the values of education, hard work and discipline, it would be a long time before she would understand why it was so hard for her mother to express affection.
Whoever showed me how to be warm when I was young? But this is a story of human triumph, not just for the future justice, but for her mother, for her doctor brother and, though it may be a cliche, for the American dream.
It is a story too of Latin life in America, rich with descriptions of food and parties at her grandmother's house, complete with dancing, recitations of poetry and even forbidden seances, calling forth the spirits.
Sotomayor's tale of moving from the poverty of the projects to life at Princeton and Yale is entertaining and informative, reminding us that especially in the pre-Internet era, but probably now too, children whose parents live meager paycheck-to-paycheck lives can be amazingly isolated.
She got several offers but settled on Princeton University. Some in her school were amazed and even skeptical when the news began to spread. While Sonia's mother didn't know the significance of the prestigious acceptance, she did discover that her co-workers were excited on her behalf. Sonia married Kevin, her high school sweetheart, as was expected in their traditional families. Sonia finished college at Princeton and went on to Yale for law school.
She became an assistant District Attorney as Ken continued his education to become a doctor. Their lives were so busy that they grew apart and divorced.
Sonia then joined a law firm in private practice and one of the partners there helped her apply for a position as a judge. That step eventually led to the Supreme Court. From childhood, Sonia Sotomayor dealt with juvenile diabetes that caused occasional episodes and always made her aware that she may not have a long life ahead of her.
By the time she was a judge, she felt the disease was mainly under control.
Through it all, Sotomayor dealt with her own self-doubts and the prejudices against women and Puerto Ricans. She focused on the needs of others, committing to community service even when she had her hands full with studies and work.
She attributed her success to the people who supported her, from her family to the friends she made along her journey.