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    DescriptionLiz Murray never really had a chance in life. Born to a drug-addicted father who was in and out of prison, and an equally dependent mother who was in and out of mental institutions, she seemed destined to become just another tragic statistic. Another life wasted on the brutal streets of New York. By the age of 15, Liz found herself homeless with nowhere to turn but the tough streets, riding subways all night for a warm place to sleep and foraging through dumpsters for food. But when her mother died of AIDS a year later, Liz's life changed for ever. With no education, with no chance at a job or a home, she realised that only the most astonishing of turnarounds could stop her heading all the way down the same path her parents took. And so she set her mind to overcoming what seemed like impossible odds - and in the process, achieved something extraordinary. Told with astounding sincerity, "Breaking Night" is the breathtaking and inspirational story of how a young women, born into a world without hope, used every ounce of strength and determination to steer herself towards a brighter future. Beautifully written, it is a poignant, evocative and stirring portrait of struggle, desperation, forgiveness and survival.


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    Title
    Breaking Night
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Liz Murray
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 311 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099556299
    ISBN 10: 0099556294
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM, VFJ
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JFFB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES, GEOG/NEWYRK, LOCL/NYNEWY
    DC22: 362.74092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: CV
    Thema V1.0: JBFD, DNC, VFJ
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    ARROW BOOKS LTD
    Publication date
    15 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Liz Murray completed high school and won a New York Times scholarship while homeless, and graduated from Harvard University in 2009. She has been awarded The White House Project Role Model Award, a Christopher Award, as well as the Chutzpah Award, which was given to her by Oprah Winfrey. Lifetime Television produced a film about Murray's life, Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. The founder and director of Manifest Living, a New York-based company that empowers adults to create the results they want in their own lives, today Murray travels the world delivering motivational speeches and conducting workshops to inspire others.
    Review quote
    "This incredibly moving memoir is full of hope and courage " The Sun "Thrilling...Murray is clearly a remarkable person " Sunday Times Culture "Breaking Night is the real deal... Liz had every reason to give up on life, but instead of using her grim childhood as an excuse to fail, she used it to fuel her redemption... Amazing " Grazia "Smart, fluent, and relentlessly spry...head and shoulders above the rest, because Liz Murray is remarkable " The Observer "A powerful story to tell " Woman
    Back cover copy
    When there was nothing to believe in, she believed in herself. Liz Murray never really had a chance in life. Born to a drug-addicted father who was in and out of prison, and a mother who was in and out of mental institutions, she seemed destined to become just another tragic statistic. For Liz, childhood was a series of impossible challenges, in a world no child should have to inhabit: a tiny apartment frequented by an endless parade of users, where the physical pain of hunger was never far away. By the age of 15, Liz found herself homeless and riding subways all night for a warm place to sleep. But when her mother died of AIDS a year later, Liz’s life changed forever. With no education, with no chance at a job or a home, she realised that only the most astonishing of turnarounds could stop her heading the same way as her parents. And so she set her mind to overcoming what seemed impossible – and in the process, achieved something extraordinary. Told with astounding honesty, BREAKING NIGHT is the inspirational story of how a young women, born into a world without hope, used every ounce of strength and determination to steer herself towards a better future.