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Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard | [Liz Murray]

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to 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 15, 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. Then, when Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny.
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Publisher's Summary

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 15, 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 woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.

©2010 Liz Murray (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    luu Prague, Czech Republic 03-17-12
    luu Prague, Czech Republic 03-17-12
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    "unbelievably inspiring"
    Would you listen to Breaking Night again? Why?

    After listening to this detailed autobiography, one has to simply ask oneself: After all, are my circumstances really that bad? Am I really gonna blame my parents' divorce, mum's illness, my brothers stupidity for loosing all our family's saving...am I really really gona blame them for the mental state I am in? Or should I just look, like Liz Murray did, at what possibilities I have and to chose every moment another empowering choice?

    The story made me rethink my own opinions and it let me question my own capability.

    I would def. recomment this book to everyone who simply seeks for inspiration and hope that things can turn well, despite all your difficulties.

    Hope this makes sense.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Labidi Los Angeles 08-04-11
    K. Labidi Los Angeles 08-04-11 Member Since 2007

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    "inspiring story, very good writing"

    This book - the writing and the story it tells - is remarkable. I was inspired by the author and look forward to learning more about and from her in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-06-12
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible story"
    Where does Breaking Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an incredible read. Liz pulls no punches about the realities of her life, but does so in a way that expresses sympathy and compassion for the people in her life who have hurt her.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Night?

    Liz's determination to get back to school. I could just hear it in her voice


    Any additional comments?

    I think Liz Murray reading her own book both added to and took away from the listening experiences. Liz is quite obviously not a trained narrator, but no one can tell their own story better than they themselves can. While the narration lacks polish, the autobiography itself carries this one through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 11-03-11
    Reuven Nisser Garfield, NJ United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Lovely And Thought Provoking"

    Liz is a wonderful author. She doesn't only wright of her life, she gives insight into her feelings. She lets you understand her. This book kept me transfixed from the first sentence. She is also one of the best narrators I have ever heard. Her voice is soft, warm and ful of emotions. Yes, I did feel for her, though I knew the ending all along. No, this is not an easy listen. However, it's worth it. If you look at the summary and think it is intersting, go for the book. If you liked The Glass Castle, this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue United States 07-28-14
    Sue United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Breaking Night again? Why?

    This is not the type of book I usually read but I have to say how much I loved it.I am inspired by Liz's story and it is a great reminder that it is possible to overcome great odds with resolve and dedication. Knowing it is a true story, I feel great admiration and affection for the author. Her childhood was so awful and yet she retained compassion for those who neglected her most. The journey to Harvard was long and painful but still she persevered. I recommend this book to anyone who needs inspiration or would enjoy a truly uplifting story. Once I started it I could not stop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The journey from a despicable childhood to successful adult.


    Which character – as performed by Liz Murray – was your favorite?

    Liz, of course!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her caring and affection for the parents she loved in spite of their weaknesses, illnesses and neglect.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I usually do not think authors make the best narrators, in this case it was perfect.

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    johanna NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-21-14
    johanna NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-21-14
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    "Very Powerful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, this book was very powerful. It's was an emotional book for me. To have to grow up like this remained me of a few hard times during my own childhood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Night?

    The moment when you know along with Liz you can overcome it all.


    Have you listened to any of Liz Murray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie GLENDALE, AZ, United States 01-10-14
    Leslie GLENDALE, AZ, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I couldn't put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to Breaking Night the most enjoyable?

    Liz Murray's story is amazing. She narrates this herself and has an ability to tell her story that makes you feel as if you lived it with her. She has no anger or animosity for how she was neglected and yet through it all she finds a way to help others. Very inspirting story!


    What other book might you compare Breaking Night to and why?

    The Wild. While very different stories, both women seem to discover themselves and they do it for themself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick my favorite scene as they were all so fantastic but I think when she received the scholarship was probably the most emotional one for me. I actually felt proud of her yet I never met her!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But it is much too long unless you are on a long trip. I listened to it a lot while in my car commuting to work or running. I found myself running further actually so I could keep listening! Thanks Liz for making my run easier and more enjoyable!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book for anyone. It is so inspiring and makes you understand that nothing is impossible. I didn't want it to end. I'd love it if she wrote a sequel as her life now seems to be about helping others and I'd like to hear about her continued journey.

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    Trewen O'Niel 10-11-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Just WOW"

    This is a jaw-dropping, heart breaking and inspiring memoir.
    I just don't even know what to say.
    Wow.

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    Hazel Savannah, Cayman Islands 09-21-13
    Hazel Savannah, Cayman Islands 09-21-13
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    "Hope, Survival and Possibility"
    What did you love best about Breaking Night?

    The outcome - though it wasn't clear where she ended up, she made it out of the ghetto educated and articulate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liz - her honesty, introspection and ability to see the perspective of those around her


    Which character – as performed by Liz Murray – was your favorite?

    Same


    Any additional comments?

    Should be on the reading list in every high school English course

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    Ryan Elk Ridge, UT, United States 09-06-13
    Ryan Elk Ridge, UT, United States 09-06-13
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    "Amazing!!!! Incredible!!"
    Where does Breaking Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book I have listened/read so far!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Have you listened to any of Liz Murray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would love to listen to more of her story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I cried at the end because of how it all turned out! The fact that it was Liz Murray's actually voice made more of an impact as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Such an incredible story, I would love to meet Liz Murray and have her speak at a book club in a small college town in Utah, she is inspirational.

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