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Something to Prove: A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill a Father's Legacy Hardcover – December 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; First edition edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607147246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607147244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2011 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL

“Candid and well-written.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Verdict: This book reads as though you're listening to and talking with a friend at the kitchen table. Thornton's frank, relaxed manner makes it accessible to general readers as well as students of women's or African American memoir. Worth considering also for those looking for inspirational reads.” —Library Journal --

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About the Author

Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH, is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and board-certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine (high risk obstetrics) at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. She has personally delivered more than 5,000 babies in her career and has overseen or supervised more than 12,000 deliveries. She is a former Vice-Chair of a department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is the mother of two children.

She is the author of The Ditchdigger s Daughters, her memoir about growing up in a poor family with parents who were determined to see all their daughters rise above their circumstances and become doctors, and Inside Information for Women, a health guide that answers many questions women have about their bodies from someone who s been on both sides of the stirrups.

During her 35-year career in medicine, she has conducted research at The Rockefeller University, the National Institutes of Health Pregnancy Research Branch, National Naval Medical Center, Naval Medical Research Institute, and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She is the author or co-author of more than a dozen scientific papers. She also serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She received her medical (M. D.) degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Anita Bartholomew is a leading freelance writer and editor and former longtime contributing editor to Reader s Digest. Her work has appeared in numerous other major newsstand, web, and custom publications as well, including Woman s Day, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Continental, and others.


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Everyone should read this book and learn a lesson.
T. Dotson
Besides being a wonderfully smooth and engrossing read, the story is an inspiration to EVERYONE.
Patty Shannon
Dr. Thornton's unrelenting determination is an example for those who face daily hurdles.
nneka

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nneka on January 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As stated before by other reviewers, this book is one that I could not close until it was finished. Dr. Thornton's incredible story is wonderfully written and grabs your attention from page 1. There are chapters which leave you feeling happy, those that leave you feeling sad, and those that leave you feeling shocked. The one emotion however which is constant throughout the book is a feeling of being inspired. Thornton does not sugar coat her struggle with racism and gender bias as a physician in a specialty which was at one time dominated by men. Instead she seems to embrace her obstacles and we can see the strength that she gains with every challenge handed to her. To paraphrase the old saying, Dr. Thornton made gallons of lemonade out of numerous lemons.

For anyone with dreams that seem impossible to achieve, this is a book that will remind you that nothing is out of ones reach. Dr. Thornton's unrelenting determination is an example for those who face daily hurdles. Something To Prove will give one the motivation to push through barriers and achieve the seemingly unattainable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GSL55 on January 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Once you begin reading, you won't be able to stop until you finish the entire book, from cover to cover. Through her accomplishments, Dr. Thornton has shared her story with the reader. By sharing her hopes and dreams, along with her successes and struggles in a male-dominated field, she shows us, by example, that we CAN have it all - education, job success, a loving family, a husband and children. Her story isn't sugar-coated; but it is inspiring. Dr. Thornton is a pioneer that has cleared a pathway for those of us who dare to follow. We CAN do and have everything - we just have to believe in ourselves. Yes, we'll face challenges. Yes, it will take hard work. Yes, it will take perseverance. But, with determination and support, despite potential setbacks, Dr. Thornton has proven that it can be done. Read this book. Share it with those you love and all your friends if you care about them. This poignant memoir is a best-seller.
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By we get shred tree nd on September 17, 2013
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I loved both the book and movie " The Ditchdiggers Daughters"!! It had inspired me to read the life's continuation of Dr. Thornton. I'm hoping one day the movie will come out in stores!!
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Absolutely inspiring!!!!!!!!! I wish that I had someone like Dr. Thornton's father to advise me when I was growing up. Thank goodness that she wrote these books because now I do!!!!
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Yvonne Thornton describes her career as a Obstetrician in such a magnificent way. I learned so much about what doctor's face when dealing with maternal issues. She explains procedures and outcomes so vividly. I want to meet this lady.
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By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2013
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I choose this rating because the book was a great read. I would recommend this to everyone for so many reasons, that its best if you just read and enjoy.
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Same author as Ditchdigger's Daughters. Dr. Yvonne Thornton expounds more about her career and about some negative hospital politics. Thisis an incredible journey for Dr. Thornton who has excelled in so many ways yet there are obtacles always in her way. Dr. Thornton was my doctor, I now live in another state. I remember her just the way yu read about her in the book, always caring, down to earth, extremely professional and knowledgeable. Please read her first book then this one. You can read either but it will make more sense to you.
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By Trevis K.Nix on February 12, 2013
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I bought this book because it was part two of The Ditchdigger's Daughters. It is very inspirational. Dr. Yvonne Thornton is a genius and phenomenal woman.
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