Justice Sonia Sotomayor Gets Personal
People magazine has an interview with Sotomayor and some excerpts from the book. She is scheduled to appear on "60 Minutes" this Sunday and on the "Today" show next Monday. (The AP excerpted the book in December)
According to People, in the book she discusses her upbringing in the Bronx and life at a Catholic high school an hour's trip from the housing project that she called home. While her mother went to nursing school and worked at a methadone clinic to make ends meet, Sotomayor was accepted by Columbia, Radcliffe, Yale and Princeton. She chose Princeton and thrived there, but remembers the school paper routinely publishing letters to the editor "lamenting the presence on campus " of affirmative action students. "There were vultures circling," Sotomayor writes," ready to dive when we stumbled. The pressure to succeed was relentless."
In the book Justic Sotomayor reveals that she decided not to have children because of her severe diabetes. "It wasn't impossible, but the incidence of maternal complications was sobering." She admits she has occasionally felt a "tug of regret."
Here are some highlights from People:
Sotomayor's views on religion:
"I think I'm called 'lapsed Catholic' - Mass for weddings and funerals."
On when a White House aide had to lend Sotomayor "sedate" jewelry for her 2009 Senate confirmation hearings:
"Pearls are not me," she says. "They just can't fire me over the earrings anymore."
On her poker games with the $20 buy-in:
"I host them at my home and pay for food and drinks so I don't have to report my winnings."
"I haven't given up hope. It's going to have to be an unusual man."