In introducing his Supreme Court nominee, President Barack Obama noted that the Nancy Drew detective series helped spark a young Sonia Sotomayor's interest in the law.
Today, as she continues her personal visits with senators, Sotomayor described how strong her devotion to the books was.
The subject came up as the judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit began a meeting with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). As TV cameras rolled, Mikulski said that she, too, was a fan as a girl, and she asked Sotomayor about her interest.
Sotomayor said that she tried to get the books from her local Bronx library, with limited success.
"I would start waiting with great anticipation for the newest one, but mine was a local branch and they didn't get the new one right away," she said. "That's when mom began to buy me them, because she saw how enamored I was with them."
She added, "I had like two shelves of them before I turned to other reading."
Mikulski then chimed in, saying she admired Drew's "daring" and her "methodical" investigative style.
Staffers then shooed reporters and cameramen out the door, as one reporter began to ask about Newt Gingrich's retraction of his statement that Sotomayor is a racist. "We're not going to have loose lips sink this ship," Mikulski said.