In her book, which is released today in English and Spanish, Sotomayor says she faced "not uncommon" challenges - serious illness, poverty, and a one-parent household. "But neither have they kept me from uncommon achievements," she writes.
In an interview with NBC Latino, Sotomayor says this is why she wrote the book. "When people look at me on television, especially young Latinos-they make me an icon," she explains. "But I don't know that when the times get tough - that image on television is really going to give them strength. And that's why I wrote this book," she says.
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