Justice Sotomayor aims to inspire by writing memoir

Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:43pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will write a "coming-of-age memoir" detailing her modest immigrant upbringing in New York to her appointment as the first Hispanic to serve on the nation's highest court, said publisher Alfred A. Knopf on Monday.

The as yet untitled memoir does not have a publishing date, but will include Sotomayor's thoughts on losing her father at age 9, what inspired her to enter into law and her experiences at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, according to Knopf.

The 56-year-old justice said in the statement she was "honored" to be working on the memoir. Terms of the book deal were not released.

"Sonia Sotomayor has lived a remarkable life and her achievements will prove an inspiration to readers around the world," said Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., which is owned by Germany's Bertelsmann AG.

"Hers is a triumph of the Latino experience in America," he added.

Sotomayor has received widespread praise for her rise from poverty as a child born to Puerto Rican parents living in poverty. She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed to the lifetime court appointment last year.

She is the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve in the history of the 221-year-old Supreme Court after presiding as a federal judge since 1992.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor poses for an official photograph with the other Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington, September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>