Something to Prove
A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill A Father's Legacy : A MemoirBook - 2010
"I was my father's daughter. I was living his dream-and on the path to realizing my own. I wasn't going to let small, closed minds slam the door against me. I planned to rise as high in my profession as my skills and hard work would allow. I was a black woman but that wasn't going to stop me from striving to be the best doctor it was possible to be." Dr. Yvonne Thornton, author of the heartwarming memoir The Ditchdigger's Daughters (which has been translated into 19 languages and adapted into 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, wife, and mother, revealing the challenges of balancing a flourishing medical career with managing a home and raising children. Carrying on the family name, Dr. Thornton picks up the mantle of her father's ambition and heart as she shares the ups and downs of her career as the first African-American woman in the United States to be board certified in maternal-fetal medicine-while attending her kids' chess team matches, crafting Halloween costumes, and somehow finding time to learn how to tango. Filled with vivid personalities, heartbreaking setbacks, and joyful triumphs, Something to Prove is a testament to what can be accomplished through hard work, love, and determination. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Kaplan Pub., 
Copyright Date: ©2010
Characteristics: xiv, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm