Something to Prove and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.99
  • Save: $5.25 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Something to Prove: A Dau... has been added to your Cart
Condition: :
Comment: A good-very good ex library issued hardback with a couple of usual marks. This item is in rather nicely clean condition and has good dust jacket. The text presents with very light signs of any handling wear. There is a minimal amount of shelf wear present. It will ship immediately. S30
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$19.74
$9.00 $0.39
Audible, Abridged
"Please retry"
$9.95

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$19.74 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

Something to Prove: A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill a Father's Legacy + The Ditchdigger's Daughters
Price for both: $31.79

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

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 --

Kaplan Publishing

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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
21
4 star
2
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 24 customer reviews
I could not put down both books as I read each one.
Jackie
The Main reason I bought this book, I hear the reading of a charpter a day on WPR and it sounded extremely interesting.
Michae J. Matusinec
Through her accomplishments, Dr. Thornton has shared her story with the reader.
GSL55

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.
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By LegalBeagle on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton's father had a dream: that his five daughters would become doctors. Overcoming poverty, prejudice (racial and gender), and other hardships, three of his daughters did just that. As Thorton notes:

Mommy and Daddy knew better than anyone that being black and being female besides; their children were born with a double handicap. If we girls were going to get any breaks . . . it would be breaks we made for ourselves. We had to pull so far ahead that nothing and no one could hold us back.

The Ditchdigger's Daughters by Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D. chronicled this remarkable only in America story.

In Something to Prove, the follow-up, Thornton is living her father's dream as a practicing high risk O.B. in Manhattan during the early eighties. The dream, however, is not happily ever after as Thornton faces prejudice in her career. On a particularly trying day, Thornton shares her challenges with her indefatigable father. He replies, "Cookie, they opened the door a crack. Now you have to prove to them who you are."

Proving who she is, Thornton continues to rise above the obstacles and thrive. She also keeps her father's dream alive, in the next generation, her two children, who also embark on medical careers. To think that this multi-generational success story started with one man's dream and tenacity. Amazing!

Something to Prove and the Ditchdigger's Daughters are truly inspirational stories!

Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (December 14, 2010), 288 pages.
Review copy provided courtesy of the publicist.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacqueline on August 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
"Something to Prove" provides insight into the life and trials of accomplished doctor, gifted musician, and dedicated mother, Yvonne Thornton. Through anecdotes, Dr. Thornton paints a picture of her victories and struggles as a female physician of color, who must balance not only her family life, but her career as well, which includes forays into academia and private practice.

There is an ease with which the book flows. Dr. Thornton writes as she speaks, eloquently yet not overly verbose, so as to have the reader search for a dictionary. Rather, she captures the simplicity of wisdom, imparted to her by her parents, especially her father, to share with readers the life mantras by with which she lives. Her stories are a mixture of humor and tribulations, with the ability to connect with all readers regardless of gender or skin color.

For anyone in search of inspiration and guidance, "Something to Prove" offers both from someone who has proven it all despite the odds. Where better to start?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The two books "Something To Prove" and "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" by Yvonne S.
Thornton, M.D. are a 'must read' for all people from all walks of life. I could
not put down both books as I read each one.
Dr. Thornton has a unique way of explaining different experiences she had using
medical terminology and then using layman's terms which make it very clear to under-
stand.
What she went through and her enormous obstacles in achieving each and everything
are overwhelming. It is the only way I could describe it without going into detail.
Everyone would have a way of relating to her and her experiences no matter what age
or life experience they are coming from. She is not only the best physician but an
excellent author. Her skills as a physician also include empathy and compassion for
each patient she deals with. Also her writing skills are shockingly brilliant.
I hope she continues to write!
jackie288@sbcglobal.net
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Something to Prove: A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill a Father's Legacy
This item: Something to Prove: A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill a Father's Legacy
Price: $24.99 $19.74
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com