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Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

Community Action Book Club

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month


by Liz Murray, 352 pages, published September 7, 2010

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Questions to Explore
  • What obstacles did Liz have to overcome in her early life?
  • What strengths existed in her family?
  • Describe some of the support Liz received to overcome her challenges.
  • How would your agency work with this family?
  • What lessons can be drawn from her experiences?

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From GoodReads.com

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 fifteen, 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 young woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.

Author Interviews and More

Preview this book

Perseverance (4 min 20 sec) – Liz Murray talks about working hard to make her dreams come true

Liz Murray on YouTube

NPR Interview (30 minutes)

NY Times Book Review

Liz Murray Quotes

The World in Our Grasp – Liz Murray on TED (12 min 26 sec)

Liz Murray Facebook

Your Personal Best: From Homeless to Harvard – Success Magazine


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