Sonia Sotomayor's memoir

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Sonia Sotomayor's memoir

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:06 pm

I'm enjoying My Beloved World, the memoir of my college classmate Sonia Sotomayor (I did not know her). I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that she also took Introductory Psychology to fulfill the science lab course distribution requirement, and had the same problem I did, which was that the labs were built around experimenting with rats, which required injecting them, cutting open their skulls to get to the brain, etc. Then it dawned on me that we actually "stayed together" after that, since she went on to Yale Law School and I went on to Yale Grad School (the two main buildings are across the street from each other, but there was almost no interaction).

I recommend the book even without the quasi-personal connection. Hers is a rags-to-riches story (not literal wealth, but certainly success), with many trials along the way. Her cultural preparation for the education she finally received (and worked hard for) was so inadequate that even as a senior at Princeton she almost threw away her Phi Beta Kappa invitation letter. She had never heard of it, and assumed it was junk mail to join some club. The quality of her writing is excellent. It is a book that can be read cover-to-cover or by skipping around (I chose the latter because I wanted to jump ahead to college).

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Re: Sonia Sotomayor's memoir

Post by Mookalafalas » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:24 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I'm a autobio/bio junkie and this is a life trajectory I know very little about. My own doctorate is in English literature. For some reason I've been in a weird phase where I feel like I'm wasting time when I read fiction! Not good for my career...
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