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by Liz Murray

Breaking night: (Urban slang) staying up through the night, until the sun risesBreaking 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.
Download Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard epub
ISBN: 1401310591
ISBN13: 978-1401310592
Category: Parenting
Subcategory: Family Relationships
Author: Liz Murray
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette Books; unknown edition (May 24, 2011)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1158 kb
FB2 size: 1948 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 998
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I read "Hillbilly Elegy" a few months ago after seeing such great reviews and because I grew up down the road from the author. However, I found that book to be more braggadocio and less of a tale of abuse or extreme poverty. I humbly submit that anyone who enjoyed that book to take time and read "Breaking Night". I rarely if ever cry during a book but did so a few times while reading Murray's memoir. This young woman survived terrible poverty, neglect, and teenage homelessness only to make it through Harvard. She never whines or blames anyone including her drug addicted parents who kept her out of school to " break the night" with them. This is a wonderful story of someone tirelessly beating every possible odd and coming out on top. One of the best memoirs I have ever had the privilege of reading.
Congratulations, and God bless you Liz Murray for surviving. Beyond surviving. For contributing to our society, which is suffering from many social ills due to drug and alcohol abuse, coupled with psychiatric issues.

What saddened me more than reading this Memoir, were the negative comments. I do believe, without a shadow of a doubt, Ms Murray had, and still has, strong emotions regarding her life. She chose to try to write an inspirational book. Depressing? Yes, if you can't handle the reality of many children. I think reading the back cover would give a clue on the contents. When surrounded in such dysfunction, one would be emotionally delayed. Emotions can crop up many years after the actual situation. Her life was more of a daily battle zone. Survival mode does not give one much time to analyze feelings. Her forgiveness of her parent's are amazing, though those thoughts may change as she ages, and perspective sets in. Eating chapstick is hardly conducive to proper nutrition, or stimulating the brain cells. Neither is being born crack addicted. I suppose the 80's were different, though I cannot fathom why Social Services did not remove her from the hospital. I commend those who actually did help and guide her.

It appears many simply ignored the situation. No family members involved? The breakdown of our society. I would like to see her write a second book. An update, if you will. More on Lisa. More on her emotions, even if it offends those who were depressed by the contents. No judgements from me. None. God has truly walked with these two sisters. May they continue on a path of peace. Thank you for writing this Liz.
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Much like "The Glass House" (Jeannette Walls) and "Coming Clean" (Kimberly Rae Miller), "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard" is a horrific, but incredibly inspiring, true story of how one little girl is emotionally and then physically abandoned by her parents and yet somehow grows up functional--so functional she goes to Harvard. Liz Murray spent more time cutting school than attending classes, doing all she could to get her drug-addicted mother to pay attention to her, surviving without a working shower/bathtub and stealing clothes and food because the family's money was spent on drugs and booze. And somehow social services never intervened until she was 13--even though many of those in authority knew what was going on in the house. I am so impressed with Liz Murray's fortitude and gumption. It would have been so easy to repeat her mother's story; instead, she created her own and it is a truly astounding one. Homeless from the age of 15, she managed to go back to school, graduate, win a New York Times scholarship and go to Harvard. Reading this book will make you both cry and laugh and feel both ashamed and encouraged--but most of all, it will give you hope. We humans are tough cookies!
I downloaded this book to learn more about the homeless culture as a future therapist. I could not have happened upon a more perfect book. Ms. Murray wrote a poignant, detailed, beautiful memoir, often narrating from the perspective of a child with parents addicted to drugs. I feel that I learned more from her memoirs then I ever could from college texts or scholarly articles. She also gives the readers an inspirational true story of triumph and grace over adversity. I was humbled by her compassion(rather than resentment) for her addict parents.
The best memoir I've read in a while! Compelling and inspiring - Murray tells such a beautiful and honest story. I've felt a bit inundated by the poverty-to-Ivy-League story line lately with reading "Educated" & "Hillbilly Elegy" earlier this year but this one is by far my favorite. So honest and painful and beautiful. Her self realization was so powerful, I was left in tears, uncharacteristically so. Highly recommend!
Breaking Night is a book about bravery and about consequence and about personal dreams and hopes that each independently can change a person's life - Liz Murray writes and lives about how each of these things (and many more characteristics) can change the lives of many. There is a special sense of strength that Ms. Murray defines when recalling her developmental years living in NYC with her parents and sister. Caring for her mother and worrying about her father and sister help define a fundamental goodness and kindness in her that continues to develop throughout her life. Never does she present a "poor me" attitude about her lot in life - rather, she displays with genuineness her love for her parents, sister, friends, teachers and other supports while learning to believe in herself - ultimately that helps to propel her from being a ward of the county and from being truly homeless to setting and then achieving real, life-changing goals. Liz Murray writes openly about her life - complete with her thoughts and with her feelings - no matter how difficult those thoughts and feelings might be to understand or accept. I have used Liz's story in the college classes I instruct and as inspiring reading/lessons for those I work with as a trauma-informed psychotherapist - Liz gives hope to those who might need it the most. Liz gives hope to all who know her and her story.