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Download The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yvonne S. Thornton Narrator: Fran L. Washington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Donald Thornton was a ditchdigger who wanted more for his six daughters. I love you better than I love life, he assured his children. But I'm not always gonna be around to look after you, and no man's gonna come along and offer to take care of you, because you ain't light-skinned. That's why you gotta be able to look after yourselves. And for that you gotta be smart.

Donald decided to do the grandest thing he could think of: force them to make a success of their lives. Along with their mother, Tass, he cajoled and inspired the girls to succeed while working two full-time jobs to keep them properly fed and clothed. All six became successful, independent, accomplished women: two of his six daughters became doctors, one became a dentist, one a lawyer, one a nurse, and one a court stenographer.

The Ditchdigger's Daughters is the inspirational story of a family with a strong role model who set family values above all else. Donald's persuasive common sense, folk wisdom, and right-on insights gave them the skills they would need to overcome obstacles in their paths to success. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katrina | 2/14/2014

    " I just love biographies and this was so well written and was so interesting. Reminds me just to keep trying harder each day and not let things stop me. Would recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacie | 1/31/2014

    " This was an interesting read. It caused me to look at life from a different perspective, which is always a goal when I read, and it was accomplished well. It also made for some interesting discussion in my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tiffany | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books, ever. It is an incredibly inspiring autobiography of a black woman who became a doctor despite incredible odds (I think in the 60's or 70's). Her father did not finish high school; her mother went to college but wasn't able to finish since they wouldn't let her continue work-study her senior year. If you are trying to accomplish something that seems out of your grasp, read this book, and be inspired :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annette | 1/6/2014

    " This book was a great read. I read it quite a few years ago, but remember how moved I was with this man and his family. "

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