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Reading Race Book Group (CEN)

Tue, September 10 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 10 | 6:30 pm | CEN/Board Room — My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

This book group, co-sponsored by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) and KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team, focuses on race and racism in American society.

About My Beloved World  by Sonia Sotomayor:
The first Latinx (Puerto Rican) and third woman appointed to the US 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 9) 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 40.

She speaks with warmth and candor about 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.

 

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Date:
Tue, September 10
Time:
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Venue

CEN/Boardroom
315 S Rose St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States

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