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This past inaugural week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor presided over the swearing-in of Vice President Joseph Biden—and then flew to New York to spread the word about her new memoir, My Beloved World, including this appearance on The Daily Show.  

In the segment below, Sotomayor doesn’t really describe her South Bronx childhood or  the challenges she faced in her early career, though she also says she wrote the book to “make sure that I don’t forget the real Sonia” as she finishes her third year on the Supreme Court. She also hints at some of the dynamics that enable nine strong personalities, who often disagree, to craft the nation’s jurisprudence “all with the same passion.” We learned quite a bit from the interview, and confirmed our early enthusiasm about this most historic of Justices.