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Breaking Night

Breaking Night ebook ISBN: 1446440567
Publisher: Random House
Author: Liz Murray
Number of Pages: 432 
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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.

Breaking Night

Breaking Night ebook ISBN: 1401396208
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author: Liz Murray
Number of Pages: 304 
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In the vein of The Glass Castle, Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. 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. 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.

Breaking Night

Breaking Night ebook ISBN: 1401396208
Publisher: Hachette Books
Author: Liz Murray
Number of Pages: 304 
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In the vein of The Glass Castle, Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. 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. 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.

She Got Up Off the Couch

She Got Up Off the Couch ebook ISBN: 074328500X
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Haven Kimmel
Number of Pages: 336 
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A continuation of the memoir "A Girl Named Zippy" follows the story of her mother, Delonda, who reinvents her life by returning to college and losing fifty pounds, while Zippy continues to work out the dynamic of their nuclear family.

Three Little Words

Three Little Words ebook ISBN: 1416948066
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Number of Pages: 304 
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Traces the author's painful childhood in a series of foster homes, her deteriorating relationship with her emotionally unstable mother, abuse at the hands of a foster family, and her subsequent efforts to advocate for an improved foster care system.

Double Double

Double Double ebook ISBN: 1476724121
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Martha Grimes,Ken Grimes
Number of Pages: 240 
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“A thoughtful twist on the recovery memoir” (O, The Oprah Magazine) that explains the different ways bestselling author Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, recognized and overcame their addictions, now with two new chapters—one from each author. In this introspective and groundbreaking memoir of addiction, mystery writer Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, present two different, often intersecting points of view. Chapters alternate between Ken’s and Martha's voices and experiences in 12-step program and outpatient clinics. Written with honesty, humor, a little self-deprecation, and a lot of self-evaluation, Double Double is “an honest, moving, and readable account of the drinking life and the struggle for recovery. This brave and engaging memoir is a gift” (Kirkus Reviews).

Born Bright

Born Bright ebook ISBN: 9781683242345
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Author: C. Nicole Mason
Number of Pages: 500 
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Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life . . Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile 16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school, where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds.

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle ebook ISBN: 1416544666
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Jeannette Walls
Number of Pages: 368 
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Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

Nothing Daunted

Nothing Daunted ebook ISBN: 9781439176603
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Dorothy Wickenden
Number of Pages: 304 
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The acclaimed and captivating true story of two restless society girls who left their affluent lives to “rough it” as teachers in the wilds of Colorado in 1916. In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, bored by society luncheons, charity work, and the effete men who courted them, left their families in Auburn, New York, to teach school in the wilds of northwestern Colorado. They lived with a family of homesteaders in the Elkhead Mountains and rode to school on horseback, often in blinding blizzards. Their students walked or skied, in tattered clothes and shoes tied together with string. The young cattle rancher who had lured them west, Ferry Carpenter, had promised them the adventure of a lifetime. He hadn’t let on that they would be considered dazzling prospective brides for the locals. Nearly a hundred years later, Dorothy Wickenden, the granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff, found the teachers’ buoyant letters home, which captured the voices of the pioneer women, the children, and other unforgettable people the women got to know. In reconstructing their journey, Wickenden has created an exhilarating saga about two intrepid women and the “settling up” of the West.

The Lost Boyz

The Lost Boyz ebook ISBN: 1908162015
Publisher: Waterside Press
Author: Justin Rollins
Number of Pages: 176 
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At age 14, author Justin Rollins went from being a bullied child to the leader of The Warriorz, a group of London street kids involved in graffiti tagging and other crimes, including a series of violent encounters. Eventually given a substantial custodial sentence for an attack with a meat cleaver in the London Underground, Rollins became determined to steer other young people away from such a life. The Lost Boyz tells the story of Rollins' descent into a form of madness, in which self-destruction, anger, wanton behavior, and fear reside at the core. Never has a book taken the reader so far inside the minds of troubled youths who gradually realize that there is no easy escape from their chaotic lifestyle. Their need - to gain respect from and stay credible with each other - stems from offending, alienation, living on the margins of society, and crazy behavior, all of which serve as barriers to rejoining the normal world and going straight. The book contains countless lessons for young

The Bully Society

The Bully Society ebook ISBN: 1479860948
Publisher: NYU Press
Author: Jessie Klein
Number of Pages: 318 
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Argues that the rise in school violence is the consequence of a society that promotes and encourages aggressive and competitive behavior, and proposes ways to transcend these destructive trends and stress compassion over bullying.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful ebook ISBN: 0811877043
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Author: Bobbi Brown,Sara Bliss
Number of Pages: 288 
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Features step-by-step instructions for achieving different looks with makeup, revealing secrets for accentuating the eyes, lips, and brows based on a person's unique beauty type, and offers makeover ideas and product recommendations.

The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch

The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch ebook ISBN: 1623496586
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Author: Bill Sarpalius
Number of Pages: 336 
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As a boy in Houston, Bill Sarpalius, his brothers, and their mother lived an itinerant life. Bill dug food out of trashcans, and he and his brothers moved from one school to the next. They squatted in a vacant home while their mother, affectionately called “Honey,” battled alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. In an act of desperation, she handed her three sons over to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch north of Amarillo. At the time, Bill was thirteen years old and could not read. Life at Boys Ranch had its own set of harrowing challenges, however. He found himself living in fear of some staff and older boys. He became involved in Future Farmers of America and discovered a talent for public speaking. When he graduated, he had a hundred dollars and no place to go. He worked hard, earned a scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and obtained a college degree. After a brief career as a teacher and in agribusiness, he won a seat in the Texas Senate. Driven by the memory of his suffering mother, he launched the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in an effort to help people struggling with addiction. Sarpalius later served in the United States Congress. As a Lithuanian American, he took a special interest in that nation’s fight for independence from the Soviet Union. For his efforts, Sarpalius received the highest honor possible to a non-Lithuanian citizen and was named a “Grand Duke.” The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch is a unique political memoir—the story of a life full of unlikely paths that is at once heartbreaking and inspirational.

Bottled Up

Bottled Up ebook ISBN: 9780142402405
Publisher: Penguin
Author: Jaye Murray
Number of Pages: 220 
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A high school boy comes to terms with his drug addiction, life with an alcoholic father, and a younger brother who looks up to him.

Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition

Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition ebook ISBN: 1476719071
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Number of Pages: 432 
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Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.

Life on the Outside

Life on the Outside ebook ISBN: 9780312424572
Publisher: Macmillan
Author: Jennifer Gonnerman
Number of Pages: 356 
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Chronicles the life of Elaine Bartlett, a woman who spent sixteen years in prison for selling cocaine, tracing her steps as she is released from prison and tries to reconstruct her life.

Where I Live Now

Where I Live Now ebook ISBN: 9781574230918
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Author: Lucia Berlin
Number of Pages: 240 
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A collection of stories set in the Southwest. They range from The Wives, in which two women swap stories about a mutual ex-husband, to Carmen, on a woman serving as a drug courier for her husband.

The Girl's Guide To Homelessness

The Girl's Guide To Homelessness ebook ISBN: 1460810708
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Author: Brianna Karp
Number of Pages: 352 
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Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty–two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach. Then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed. When she inherited a thirty–foot travel trailer after her father's suicide, Karp parked it in a Walmart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back. Karp began her journey as a homeless person terrified and ashamed. Fear turned to awe as she connected with others in her same position whose remarkable stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community.

The Book of Doing and Being

The Book of Doing and Being ebook ISBN: 1476785465
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Barnet Bain
Number of Pages: 224 
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"How to unlock your most creative self"--

The Bridesmaid's Daughter

The Bridesmaid's Daughter ebook ISBN: 9781910463512
Publisher:
Author: Nyna Giles
Number of Pages: 272 
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The dual story of Carolyn and her child; one strand evoking a beautiful woman's success and film star friendship with Grace Kelly in '50s new York - the other a child's-eye account of a mother's descent into psychosis and a childhood of deprivation and captivity. Nyna, the youngest child of Carolyn Scott Reybolds, became the victim of her untreated mental illness. Yet through it all, like a glimpse of a different world, her mother's oldest, closest friend would write and visit, the woman to whom Caroline would always play bridesmaid: Grace Kelly.