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Book Club - January

Let's meet and discuss My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Here's the Amazon description:

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, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.

It's the Everybody Reads book for next year for Multnomah County Library, so they may have some extra copies. Right now, there are a number of copies at the library (both paper and on Overdrive), but there are a number of holds, so keep that in mind too. The paperback comes out on January 7th, so you could wait for that as well.

It looks like it'll be a good read - see you in January!

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  • Kaitlin

    Hello there :) I just joined and saw this. Will there be another book club in February? I would love to join :)

    February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Sharleen!

      February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're welcome. And I meant to type 'store' instead of 'club.'

      February 1, 2014

  • Sarah

    Sorry ladies, won't be able to make it this month. I look forward to February!

    January 9, 2014

  • Maija

    Hey all - I just picked up a free copy of this book (in paperback) at the downtown library. Their website says all Mult Co libraries will have them, but go soon as I'm sure it will be popular. The website also mentions free e-books. https://multcolib.org/everybody-reads

    January 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Maija! I have the e-book and I think they have lots of those too.

      January 3, 2014

  • Sarah

    I will probably be a half hour or so late. Unfortunately I have another obligation at 3, but I'll be there for most of it!

    December 17, 2013

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