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Two female Supreme Court Justices on the bestseller list

"My Beloved World," by Sonia Sotomayor (Random House) “My Beloved World,” by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

For the first time ever, two female Supreme Court Justices — one sitting, one former — have books on The Washington Post bestseller list simultaneously.

“My Beloved World” (Knopf), a memoir by current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, is No. 2 on the latest list, which will be published in the Outlook section on Sunday, March 17.

“Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court” (Random House), by retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is at No. 4.

Both authors have drawn huge crowds at their recent book readings in Washington. When Politics & Prose Bookstore announced an appearance by O’Connor at the Sixth & I Synagogue on March 18, all 850 tickets sold out within 30 hours. Earlier this year, the store sold 1,5000 tickets to hear Sotomayor at George Washington University.

"Out of Order," by Sandra Day O'Connor (Random House) “Out of Order,” by Sandra Day O’Connor (Random House)

The Post’s review of “My Beloved World” said, “Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages.”

O’Connor’s history of the Court was mildly praised in The Post for its engaging “facts about the 112 justices, the early circuit-riding days across rough terrain and traditions in the pillared building erected in 1935.”




READ: Sonia Sotomayor and Rita Moreno discuss men, moms, love, life

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.



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