Book Review: Breaking Night

Jane Harkleroad, in our Collection & Resource Services Department, specializes in acquiring new items for the library collection.  She has contributed a review of the book Breaking Night:  A memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard.  Check it out below.

**Note:  Our newest books are located on the 2nd floor between the Circulation Desk and Zach’s Brews.  These include the Browsing Collection for books of popular interest, as well as new Government Documents.  Any of these items can be checked out.  In addition, our newest Reference Books are shelved on the 2nd floor in the Reference Collection, on the shelf nearest the main staircase.  The Reference Books remain in the library building.**


If you are truly interested in learning about homelessness and hunger, pick up the new volume entitled Breaking Night : A memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray.

This book is a riveting account of Liz’s entire life thus far.

Brought up by drug addicted and alcoholic parents, it is a picture colored by despair and delight, love and loathing, slavery and freedom, poverty and plenty, cruelty and caring, friends and enemies, pretense and candor, peril and protection.

There is sickness, death, strength, and, unbelievably, triumph.  Liz and her sister somehow learned to live in their warped environment, each in their own way, and survive.

Read how they survived and how they now thrive.  Liz won the New York Times Scholarship and graduated from Harvard.

Don’t miss this book.  I think it should be the secular Book of the Year, but that is just my opinion.  What’s yours?

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