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Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard Hardcover – Sep 7 2010


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786868910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786868919
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From runaway to Harvard student, Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story about turning her life around.... 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."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Truly uplifting ... Liz Murray has shown us the worst, and the very best, of America."―Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch

"The admirable story of a teen who overcame homelessness through sheer grit and the kindness of friends ... An uplifting story of survival."―Kirkus Reviews

"Breaking Night reads more like an adventure story than an addiction-morality tale. It's a white-knuckle account of survival. . . . By age 6, Murray knew how to mainline drugs (though she never took them) and how to care for her strung-out parents. She showed uncanny maturity, even as a child, and later managed to avoid that malady of teenagers and memoir writers, self-pity. . . . Murray's stoicism has been hard-earned; it serves her well as a writer. Breaking Night itself is full of heart, without a sliver of ice, and deeply moving."―The New York Times Book Review

"Education was the miracle that saved Murray's life. . . . Her story is inspirational, and her description of [her high school], and its role in her life, should be read by everyone concerned about education."―Washington Post Book World

"Liz Murray shows us that the human spirit has infinite ability to grow and can never be limited by circumstance. Breaking Night is a beautifully written, heartfelt memoir that will change the way you look at your community, the obstacles in your own life, and the American Dream. An inspiration; a must-read."―Robert Redford --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

LIZ MURRAY was left homeless at age 15 after her mother's death from AIDS. She fended for herself on the streets, eventually returning to high school. She was accepted into Harvard, where she attended college classes for three years before taking time off to help her father, who died of AIDS. She returned to college, and is now taking graduate courses at Harvard. Liz gives speaking engagements around the country. A movie about her life, Homeless to Harvard, was made by Lifetime in 2003, and airs frequently.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marina on Dec 1 2010
Format: Hardcover
A great book. Emotional at times, but it shows that it is never too late to turn your life around. The author proves that a strong will and dedication can overpower any difficult situation which in her case was her entire life. I strongly recommend this book to everyone especially high school age group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Berry on Jan. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Breaking Night is the most honestly-written book I've read all year. Far too often we read about successful people who are naturally smart and it was refreshing to hear about the long hours she invested into her work to make the grade and obstacles she overcame. The book makes you reflect on your own circumstances and inspires you to achieve more and help others along the way. I admire the value she holds for her friendships and for her acknowledgment of those who helped her along the way. I will keep this book close at hand and among my favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Dekur on Aug. 29 2014
Format: Audio CD
A unique true life's story of the roller-coaster rides of this woman's heart from infancy to homelessness and owning nothing to being a Harvard-educated Psychologist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sacora on March 8 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The backing was really worn but it was still readable. The content in the book is awesome. Liz Murray is brilliant for what she went through.
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