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    The Ditchdigger's Daughters (Hardback) By (author) Yvonne Thornton, With Jo Coudert

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    DescriptionA ditchdigger and his wife, who cleaned houses, had five daughters and made it an even half-dozen by taking in a foster child.Donald Thornton decided to do the grandest thing he could think of: force them to make a success of their lives. Along with Tass, their mother, he cajoled, prodded, and inspired the girls to succeed. And all the while, Thornton worked two full-time jobs to keep them properly fed and clothed.A toy saxophone in a Cracker Jack box led the oldest girl to beg for music lessons. The others followed suit, and the Thornton sisters' band, known as the Thornettes, came into existence. Eventually they were good enough to play the Harlem Apollo and the Brooklyn Fox and win a recording contract, which Donald tore up when he discovered it required his girls to leave school. Instead, the Thornton sisters played colleges on weekends, earning money to pay for their education yet not allowing their music to interfere with their studies.Two of his daughters did become doctors, one became a dentist, one a lawyer, one a nurse, and one a court stenographer; all became successful, independent, accomplished women.The Ditchdigger's Daughters is the inspirational story of one family whose strong role model and family values allowed them to overcome obstacles on the road to success.

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    The Ditchdigger's Daughters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Yvonne Thornton, With Jo Coudert
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 261
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    ISBN 13: 9781559722711
    ISBN 10: 1559722711

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG, JFSL3
    DC21: 974.9
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
    Citadel Press
    Imprint name
    Citadel Press
    Publication date
    01 May 1995