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Sonia Sotomayor to publish memoir, a year after joining Supreme Court


Clarence Thomas (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images), Sonia Sotomayor (Bill O'Leary/TWP), and Sandra Day O'Connor (David Scull/Bloomberg News)

A year after she joined the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has signed a deal to pen her memoir for Alfred A. Knopf, the publishing house announced Monday.

Too soon? Actually, recent history suggests strong reader interest and big money in the stories of top-court pioneers and how they got there. Past Supreme Court memoirs tended to hit the market after their authors left the bench. But Sandra Day O'Connor's "Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest," was released in 2002, four years before the court's first female jurist retired; focusing on her pre-SCOTUS years, it spent a few weeks on the bestseller lists and sold an impressive 87,579 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan. That sent publishers scrambling after Clarence Thomas. The court's second African-American justice released "My Grandfather's Son" in 2007. It's sold 206,386 copies and earned him more than $1.5 million, according to financial disclosures.

Like O'Connor and Thomas, Sotomayor's book will dwell on her early years, as the child of Puerto Rican immigrants who went from the South Bronx to the Ivy League -- "a triumph of the Latino experience in America," touted Knopf Doubleday chairman Sonny Mehta in a release. The as-yet-untitled book will be published simultaneously in a Spanish-language edition as well as English.

By The Reliable Source  |  July 12, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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Comments

I hope the book is able to explain her Appeals Court decision that said it was ok to discriminate against white males.

Republicans would be wise to hit Democrat supporters of Sotomayor in this fall's election.

Posted by: numbersch13 | July 13, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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