My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was a hit! We liked that it was about her life leading up to her appointment on the Supreme Court and not just a brief biography and then a detailed about her time on the bench. We enjoyed being able to see similarities between our diverse backgrounds and her family, it really connects that no matter what the nationality/ethnicity families are similar.
When the evening book club read this book, I heard a lot of comments like, "Wow, I can't believe how much she overcame" or "to think she grew up in the projects." I was expecting a story somewhat similar to From Homeless to Harvard, but that's not really Sonia's story. As I read I realized, that if my family hadn't settled in the suburbs, portions of my life would have mirrored her life. In our discussion we talked about how it doesn't matter the where a person lives, they can accomplish great things with the right support from family and friends and Sonia had that support.
For the last Winter Book Club, we read Lean In and I found myself not really being able to relate to a lot of the situations that Sheryl Sandberg talks about, but My Beloved World kind of put some of those ideas into perspective. A big one was the idea of mentorship. Sheryl says that you shouldn't ask someone to be a mentor, but that sometimes you find a mentor in a co-worker or a contact while networking. Sonia seemed to find mentors as she progressed through school and into the workforce. She made good contacts, and they guided her along her path, helping to open doors and presenting opportunities.
This was a great read for Women's History Month.