Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.pdf
LIZ MURRAY was left homeless at age 15 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 died of AIDS. She returned to college, and is now taking graduate courses at Harvard. Liz gives speaking engagements around the country. A movie about her life, Homeless to Harvard, was made by Lifetime in 2003, and airs frequently.
Urban slang for: staying up through the night, until the sun rises
"Breaking Night reads more like an adventure story than an addiction-morality tale. It's a white-knuckle account of survival. . . . Murray's stoicism has been hard-earned; it serves her well as a writer. Breaking Night itself is full of heart, without a sliver of ice, and deeply moving."
--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)
"From runaway to Harvard student, Murray tells an engaging, powerfully motivational story about turning her life around. . . . In this incredible story of true grit, Murray went from feeling like `the world was filled with people who were repulsed by me' to learning to receive the bountiful generosity of strangers who truly cared."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The admirable story of a teen who overcame homelessness through sheer grit and the kindness of friends. . . . An uplifting story of survival."