Magazine April 22, 2013, Issue

Where She’s Coming From

My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf, 336 pp., $27.95)

Many young girls devour Nancy Drew mysteries, but those books fed a special hunger in our newly minted U.S. Supreme Court justice when she was growing up in the Puerto Rican section of the South Bronx. Nancy Drew cracked her cases with logic and reasoning until everything fit together and made sense. By contrast, Sonia Sotomayor’s grandmother and aunts studied the evidence and concluded that someone had put a hex on a troubled neighbor by leaving chicken guts on his doorstep.

Sonia shrank from their time-honored practice of juris without prudence. She was one of those extremely intelligent children (usually girls)

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

On the Brink

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Country Life

Roots Quest

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Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy


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Happy Warrior

Undead Reckoning

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