Something To Prove picks up where her national bestselling memoir, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters left off in which Dr. Thornton tells the story of her amazing father, Donald Thornton, who cherished a mighty dream - that all of his daughters would become medical doctors; respected professionals in white coats and “scripperscraps” (stethoscopes) that would shield them from the pernicious specter of prejudice. In this sequel, Dr. Thornton chronicles her life as a wife, mother and a full-time practicing obstetrician in an academic medical center becoming the first African-American woman in the country to be double-Board Certified in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
What did you love best about Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy?
Absolutely wonderful!! I am a pediatrician working in "underserved" areas of the country. I have given dozens of the "Ditchdigger's Daughters" to so many of my patients to encourage and inspire them and I will now use this book as well to inspire my patients.
On a more personal level, I was a single mom on welfare and I worked my way off welfare by cleaning homes and offices. Most of the people I knew, including my parents, never thought I would graduate from college let alone medical school, but I did. Many of my experiences were parallel to Dr. Thorton's experiences in both of the books. Although, to her credit, I think she portrayed the prejudice and "difficult personalities" in probably a much more gentle way than the reality.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy to be better than the print version?
Yes, it was easy to listen to, and I enjoyed hearing the author narrate it.
What other book might you compare Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy to and why?
Maybe her first book, "Ditchdigger's Daughters."
Which character – as performed by Yvonne S. Thornton – was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
An Unforgettable Personal and Medical Journey
Any additional comments?
I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but this book was as good as "Ditchdigger’s Daughters," one of my favorite books of all times! Because even after Yvonne Thornton became an OB-GYN, it wasn’t as if her problems stopped. This book describes how her tireless work ethic, sterling character, additional certifications and teaching experience, which made her head and shoulders more qualified than most other OB-GYNs, did not stop the discrimination she faced as a black woman MD. A lot of the book was surprising and infuriating, and thank god Yvonne had such a fulfilling personal life with her husband and children. But the ingenious ways she either dealt with or put up with the many challenges in her life will continue to instruct and inspire me for the rest of my life. Plus the medical cases described in the book – even though I am not normally interested in such things – are fascinating. Simply an unforgettable read, or better yet, listen!