Event Information

East Bay Chapters Book Club

May 14, 2018
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Archer Norris
2033 N. Main Street, Suite 800
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

East Bay Association of Legal Administrators

The East Bay Chapters

is excited to announce our next book selection

"My Beloved World"
by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Graceful, authoritative memoir from the country’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

     As a child in South Bronx public housing, Sotomayor was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her Puerto Rican parents’ struggles included a father’s battle with alcoholism that would claim his life when Sotomayor was 9, leaving her mother, a former Women’s Army Corps soldier turned nurse, to raise her. Time spent with her cousin, Catholic school friends and her beloved grandmother helped to calm the chaos of life in the projects. As Sotomayor entered adolescence, her mother’s strong belief in education spurred the author to thrive in school and develop an appreciation for justice and the law. The author vividly narrates her scholarly adventures at Princeton, where she advocated for Latino faculty, and Yale Law School, where she dealt with smaller cases in preparation for the complexities of work in the district attorney’s office. In 1992, she received an appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The author’s text forms a cultural patchwork of memories and reflections as she mines the nuances of her parents’ tumultuous relationship, fondly recalls family visits in Puerto Rico and offers insight on a judicial career that’s just beginning when the memoir ends. Sotomayor writes that her decision (a shrewd one) to close her story early is based on both a political career she feels is “still taking shape” and a dignified reluctance to expand upon any recent high court “political drama,” regardless of the general public’s insatiable curiosity.

     Mature, life-affirmative musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride. (Kirkus Reviews.com/book-reviews/sonia-sotomayer/my-beloved-word/)

     We will be meeting on Monday, May 14 at 5:45 pm at Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP, (Elizabeth Kohlman has graciously offered to host), 2033 N. Main Street, Suite 720, in Walnut Creek (across from the Walnut Creek BART station), for our book group discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo as well as My Beloved World. I hope you can join your fellow EBALA members for this fun and enjoyable night.

     If there is a book you would like The East Bay Chapters to consider in the future, please let Tina Riehl know. Her email is: triehl@briscoelaw.net

Our book club is open to all members.  Please join us at any time.

The only cost to you is the purchase of the book.