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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Sue | 2/16/2014

    " This is truly an amazing and inspirational story. One that I will never forget. Liz's story proves that we are in control of our own lives and our destiny. Her story is definitely heartwrenching as she tells us of her life growing up in a rat infested, filthy NY apartment with her older sister and her drug addicted mentally ill parents. Her parents, who blew through their welfare check each month on drugs and liquor leaving her and her older sister with nothing. I was amazed how she always loved them regardless of their neglect, illnesses and addictions. I was swept away of how strong of a survivor she was, continually overcoming never ending hardships and struggles. As a young teenager, she was homeless, sleeping in stairwells, on the subway, under bridges, or crashing at friends houses once their parents left for the day. Liz was committed to turn her life around and how she belived she could. She is an incredible person and you will constantly be blown away by her strength, maturity and understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Louisebrodnitz | 2/12/2014

    " Similar to Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, but this girl made her life harder on herself than it even was. Interesting direction in the 'difficult childhood' genre (my favorite reads): because here it's clear that it's not the circumstances, even with drug addict parents, dumpster clothes and barely enough food, it's all in how you cope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent read. Better than Glass Castle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rowlak5 | 2/1/2014

    " Liz Murray grew up in a filthy apartment where her daily routine was not structure and school, rather striving to fit into her parents' drug centered lives. Her teenage years were spent homeless in New York. Her inspiring ability to independently overcome all odds and make her life change was influenced strongly by an alternative school led by passionate teachers. If you ever doubt YOUR ability to make things happen in life, read this book and you will change your mind! "

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About the Author
Author Liz Murray

Liz Murray was left homeless at age fifteen 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 also died of AIDS. She returned to college, and is now taking graduate courses at Harvard. Liz now speaks at engagements around the country. A movie about her life, Homeless to Harvard, was made by Lifetime.