Breaking Night

Breaking Night

Book - 2010
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In the vein of The Glass Castle , Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard.

Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls' home. At age fifteen, Liz found herself on the streets when her family finally unraveled. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep.

When Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, while homeless; won a New York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League. Breaking Night is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786868919
Branch Call Number: 362.74092 MUR NVD
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 25 cm


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jenna_ann Aug 03, 2012

Even though the subject matter can be very difficult to read about, Liz Murray writes in such a way that I couldn't put this book down. Her love and perseverance is awe inspiring. Reading Breaking Night was like having a midnight chat with a girlfriend.

maria72094 Sep 23, 2011

This book is a must read! You will truly be inspired by Liz's greatness.

Jul 15, 2011

Absolutely amazing read.

Apr 16, 2011

38th in line... The movie, Homeless to Havard: The Liz Murray Story also tells an amazing, inspiring life. I can't wait to read it!

Apr 02, 2011

The best book I have ever read!!! Liz Murray shared the front page of newspapers with the's 5 stars..

debwalker Mar 09, 2011

Winner in the Inspirational Memoir category - Books for a Better Life

Algonquin_Lisa Feb 23, 2011

Liz Murray grew up the daughter of two crackhead drunks, but she didn't let that deter her from persuing her dreams. Out of her grim beginning came a determined woman who was ultimately admitted to Harvard. A memoir with no sense of self-pity. Good for anyone with an interest in the memoir, and for teenagers as well. It contains valuable life lessons about hard work overcoming a terrible childhood.


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maria72094 Sep 24, 2011

"In the years ahead of me, I learned that the world is actually filled with people ready to tell you how likely something is, and what it means to be realistic. But what I have also learned is that no one, no one truly knows what is possible until they go and do it."

maria72094 Sep 24, 2011

"I knew at that moment I had to make a choice... I could submit to everything and live a life of excuses, or I could push myself... I could push myself and make my life good..."

maria72094 Sep 24, 2011

"‎'Homeless person or business person, doctor or teacher, whatever your background may be, the same holds true for each of us: life takes on the meaning that you give it."


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maria72094 Sep 24, 2011

Starred Review. From runaway to Harvard student, Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story about turning her life around after growing up the neglected child of drug addicts. When Murray was born in 1980, her former beatnik father was in jail for illegally trafficking in prescription painkillers, and her mother, a cokehead since age 13, had just barely missed losing custody of their year-old daughter, Lisa. Murray and her sister grew up in a Bronx apartment that gradually went to seed, living off government programs and whatever was left after the parents indulged their drug binges; Murray writes that drugs were the "wrecking ball" that destroyed her family-- prompting her mother's frequent institutionalization for drug-induced mental illness and leading to her parents inviting in sexual molesters. By age 15, with the help of her best friend Sam and an elusive hustler, Carlos, she took permanently to the streets, relying on friends, sadly, for shelter. With the death of her mother, her runaway world came to an end, and she began her step-by-step plan to attend an alternative high school, which eventually led to a New York Times scholarship and acceptance to Harvard. In this incredible story of true grit, Murray went from feeling like "the world was filled with people who were repulsed by me" to learning to receive the bountiful generosity of strangers who truly cared.
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