Dr. Yvonne Thornton, author of the heartwarming memoir The Ditchdigger's Daughters (which has been translated into 19 languages and adapted as an award-winning movie), knows what it's like to overcome steep odds. Born into a family with great ambition but few advantages, Dr. Thornton watched her parents work their entire lives to give their daughters a chance, dreaming of the day their girls would be called "doctor." Now, in Something to Prove, Dr. Thornton brings us along her continued path as a doctor and mother, revealing the challenges of balancing a flourishing medical career with a growing family.
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About the Author
YVONNE S. THORNTON, M. D., M. P. H is a double Board-certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. She is the national best-selling author of the beloved family memoir, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters. Dr. Thornton received her M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and also earned an Executive Masters (M.P.H.) degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. Dr. Thornton has risen to the faculty rank of full Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is married to an orthopedic surgeon, has two children and lives in New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Sub-Basement and the Glass Ceiling 1
Chapter 2 There's a Call for Dr. Thornton 25
Chapter 3 Learning to Play the Game 45
Chapter 4 Mommy's Wish; Daddy's Voice 73
Chapter 5 Borrowed Time 81
Chapter 6 Keep an Eye on the Team for Me 95
Chapter 7 Can I Still Have a Baby? 113
Chapter 8 Reality: Check 131
Chapter 9 May the Future Be as Kind and Honest to You 157
Chapter 10 Goin' Up Yonder 169
Chapter 11 Polishing the Legacy 189
Chapter 12 No Good Deed 205
Chapter 13 Mystery Solved 213
Chapter 14 A Colossal Prayer 229
Chapter 15 Biding My Time 237
Chapter 16 They're Not Coming 243
Chapter 17 Picking Up the Mantle 257
about the authors 271
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having read Dr. Thornton's book, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters", I looked forward to reading "Something to Prove". I certainly was not disappointed; I could not put this book down. The wisdom of her parents, especially her father, was a wonderful gift to their children. From her struggles as a black woman in a "Man's" profession, she gained strength. With this wisdom and strength, along with the support of a close, loving family, what she has achieved is incredible. Dr. Thornton is an amazing woman, who is an inspiration to all!!
I first heard of Dr. Thornton when I ordered "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" for our library. What a wonderful and inspiring story! I just finished reading "Something to Prove" and again, I was not disappointed! This is a story of perseverance, tenacity, and belief in one's self. Bravo to Dr. Thornton and to all that she has accomplished!
From the moment I began reading, I couldn't put this book down. "Something to Prove" is both inspirational and maddening at the same time. Dr. Thornton's accomplishments in and of themselves are noteworthy, but the obstacles she endured along her journey should never have happened to such an accomplished doctor. Her memoir is a testament to her strength and ability to rise above the small-mindedness of those who surrounded her throughout her career. Dr. Thornton found strength in her parents, husband and children to keep on going and to continue striving to be the best she can be. This book made me laugh, cry, smile, cheer, and want to strangle someone...all at the same time. Thank you, Dr. Thornton, for writing your story and sharing it with us. You have touched so many people in so many ways, through your career as a doctor, mentor, professor, friend, child, wife, mother, colleague, author - THANK YOU. You are such a positive influence.
The best things in life aren't handed to us, they are earned. Something to Prove is a story about the human spirit and what can be achieved by chasing your dream. Not only is Yvonne the perfect role model, her voice was made for sharing her story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it five stars.