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
"Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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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.
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.
Liz's determination to get back to school. I could just hear it in her voice
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.
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.
The whole story is worthwhile and educational about life.
An exceptional story of an amazing woman in modern times. A laudable story that takes the listener or reader along roller-coaster rides of this woman's heart. A true literary treasure.
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.
The journey from a despicable childhood to successful adult.
Liz, of course!
Her caring and affection for the parents she loved in spite of their weaknesses, illnesses and neglect.
Though I usually do not think authors make the best narrators, in this case it was perfect.
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.
The moment when you know along with Liz you can overcome it all.
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!
The Wild. While very different stories, both women seem to discover themselves and they do it for themself.
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!
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!
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.
The outcome - though it wasn't clear where she ended up, she made it out of the ghetto educated and articulate.
Liz - her honesty, introspection and ability to see the perspective of those around her
Should be on the reading list in every high school English course
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