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Breaking night : a memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard

Author: Liz Murray
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Hachette books Hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Liz Murray; Liz Murray
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liz Murray
ISBN: 9780786868919 0786868910
OCLC Number: 909907535
Description: 334 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
Contents: University Avenue --
Middle of everything --
Tsunami weather --
Unraveling --
Stuck --
Boys --
Breaking night --
The motels --
Pearls --
The wall --
The visit(or) --
Possibility.
Responsibility: Liz Murray.

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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 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. While homeless, Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, won a New York Times scholarship, and made it into the Ivy League. Murray's story was featured in the Lifetime Original Movie "Homeless to Harvard."

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