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Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard Paperback – Bargain Price, May 24, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This autobiography is a can't-put-down page turner describing the crazy life of having indiscriminating drug addicts for parents (all drugs were good, but cocaine was always better). Having worked for many years with children and teenagers with lives similiar to the author, her story rings true with its harrowing details of survival (which seemed normal to her, having nothing else to compare it to). Her prose is simple and straight forward as she describes her journey from darkness to light (hence the title).
Really enjoyed the movie, but the book has so much more detail about what Liz had to endure on her journey.
It is an amazing story and one that I will never forget.
The book is very well written - you kind of get swept up into her daily life growing up ..
Anything I'm up against in life, it will most likely pale in comparison to what Liz had to deal with on a daily basis as a child - and reading about the hard road she travelled is an inspiration. Thanks Liz ~ !!
Liz Murray was saved by school. The young girl who hated the institution and became a truant finally realizes at age 17 that the only way for her to improve her circumstances is through getting an education, but arriving at that conclusion was no easy task. Liz and her older sister Lisa were raised in abject poverty in the Bronx. Their parents would routinely leave them alone in their apartment while they were out all night scoring drugs. Their mother Jean was legally blind and received government assistance, but as soon as the monthly checks arrived they would be spent on drugs. The girls were so hungry that they ate mayonnaise sandwiches and cherry Chapstick. But Liz still loved both of her parents and even tried to shield them from Lisa's critcism.
Things go from bad to worse after Liz' mother leaves her father to move in with another man who has a job and lives in a better neighborhood saying that it's the only way that she can stay off drugs. Liz refuses to leave her father and is placed in a group home because of truancy and is later released into the custody of her mother's boyfriend. This marks the beginning of a downward spiral that leads to Liz living on the streets and stealing to survive.Read more ›
Sure, "tortured souls" memoirs are a dime a dozen these days. The more harrowing the author's story, the more accolades the author gets from the press and the longer the book stays on bestseller lists. Are all of these sagas worth reading? Not by a long shot. It's not to say these writers with unfortunate backgrounds are milking their situations (except, of course, when they are), or that their stories don't deserve to be told (except when the book's purpose seems to be a self-pity party or a PR stunt). But there needs to be some sort of distinction between a run-of-the-mill woe-is-me story and a book that is well-thought out, well-crafted, and well-deserving of respect and praise. Liz Murray's memoir BREAKING NIGHT is an example of the latter.
The now-29-year-old author's story is certainly shocking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awe inspiring story of how a young woman escaped the horrors of poverty and homelessness to become self sufficient, a contibuting member of society and a graduate of Harvard.Published 8 hours ago by Lani Tower
This Book is inspiring , a must read for young adults and college student. Really enjoyed it.Published 2 days ago by Bill H.
I watched a bit of the "Homeless to Harvard" Lifetime TV movie for an in-class sociology assignment and my interest was piqued. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nancy A
An amazing story of resilence and pulling one up by one's bootstrings. Also shows what the kindness of someone who truly wants to be a mentor can do for a person to help them when... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Virgin
haven't started reading yet, but it is really clean and looks like nobody even touched it.Published 22 days ago by minsu kim
Well written biography of an amazing climb of a girl out of poverty. Liz won against horrific odds. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was so awesome and inspiring! I had the women in my book group read it and they loved it! Great discussion!Published 27 days ago by Mary Schumacher
Good read, dragged on a bit.too much detail about schooling. I felt there was not enough about her sisters lifePublished 1 month ago by ray anderson