Monday, January 14, 2013

Daily Read: Sotomayor on Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor's memoir, My Beloved World, is now out in the world.

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Writing about the book in WaPo, Dahlia Lithwick states "It is nearly impossible to read “My Beloved World” without comparing it with the only other deeply personal autobiography by a sitting Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas’s 2007 memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.”  Lithwick's comparison demonstrates a wide gap between the two Justices' self-presentations.

Discussing the book for NPR, Court correspondent Nina Totenberg echoed the Thomas' comparison, saying:

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.

And in the Boston Globe review, Jax Wexler also makes reference to Clarence Thomas:

Readers seeking insight into Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy or her positions on hot-button issues will be largely, though not entirely, disappointed. With the constitutionality of racial preferences on the court’s docket again this term, it is refreshing to hear the views of a justice who benefitted from affirmative action and who is not Clarence Thomas. In her memoir, Sotomayor eloquently defends preferences for creating “the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race many were unaware was even being run.”

Yet these first reviews - - - and surely more will follow - - - also stress the literary quality of Sotomayor's prose as much as its empathetic message and remarkable content.

This looks like it will be an excellent read.

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