Breaking Night

Breaking Night

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By (author) Liz Murray

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 26mm | 311g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099556294
  • ISBN 13: 9780099556299
  • Sales rank: 43,875

Product description

Liz 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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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.

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"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

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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.