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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings Hardcover – 6 May 2014


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; UK edition edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602862648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602862647
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Knight is currently working toward a culinary career in Cleveland. She loves to sing and draw and is enjoying her freedom and her journey to a new life. Michelle Burford is a New York Times best-selling author, a book collaborator and celebrity ghostwriter, and a founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a Harvard-trained journalist whose work has taken her to more than 30 countries on six continents. A native of Phoenix, Michelle now resides in New York City. Read more about her creations at www.MichelleBurford.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sassyboo on 6 May 2014
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This is the first time I've read a book containing abuse, l think l wanted to read it because l knew Michelle, Gina, Amanda and Jocelyn escaped. It's humbling to read how Michelle has reclaimed her life after her awful start in life which ultimately led to her kidnap, the love she still gives out to the world is awe-inspiring. I hope she and the other girls have long, healthy and happy lives before it's 'their time' to go, they deserve to discover how kind the world - and people - can be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mari on 8 May 2014
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I've sat up all night and read this book simply couldn't put it down. I purchased it on the day it was released and received it next day. It needs to be a best seller. This young woman has gone through unimaginable torture degrading and humiliating treatment but no longer down trodden she has got back up there and with god's good grace she has started her life all over again. The book puts to rest many of the things said in the media. I was fascinated by Michelle Knight since day one I think that the book also gives hope to others that have suffered some form of torture or abuse that one can eventually with guts and courage move on. I wish I had her strength not to hate but to forgive I suspect that in itself is a difficult job. I think she is better off without her family they sound to me like a bad hangover......I HOPE ARIEL CASTRO IS CHAINED IN HELL FOR ETERNITY AND IS WISHING HE WAS STILL IN JAIL WITH THE OTHER PERVS, I HOPE WHEREVER HE HE IS MAKES JAIL LOOK LIKE A TEA PARTY.....GO, Michelle, Go Amanda, Go Gina and Go Jocelyn xxxxxx
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 2014
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‘Finding Me’ written by Michelle Knight is a true story about the abduction of this young single mother in Cleveland in 2002 by a local school bus driver, a woman who remained hidden from the world for a decade, been tortured whole time, in order to finally run to the so much desired freedom on a day when the whole world learned about her.

On the book pages Michelle manages to faithfully and in detail describe all the things she went through together with the other two captives, all the humiliations and torture they three have to endure to survive and finally become free.

When you read it, the first thing you think of is how is possible to survive it all not losing hope, and then find strength to resume a normal life after ten years you lived in a parallel world of violence, so close and infinitely far away from freedom.

In addition, Michelle story becomes even sadder after reading her confession about losing custody of son because on the day of her kidnapping she was scheduled to appear in court for child custody case, of whom Michelle had previously lost custody, never to been reunited with her son again. It seems that precisely Michelle desire to be with her child help her to stay alive all these years, and who knows whether she would have endured if she knew that it would never be the case.

While reading her book you cannot feel other than terribly knowing that such things are possible at the present times, but on the other hand Michelle can represent as a symbol of endurance, strength and determination not only because she managed to go through all her imprisonment days but to continue living afterwards.

And for all those reasons ‘Finding Me’, this disturbing book by Michelle Knight told first-hand about the crime that shocked the whole world can be highly recommended to read, while appreciating author’s willingness and strength to share her life in order to help this kind of shameful thing never happening again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ElIn on 28 Sept. 2014
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Just to clarify: I don't love it (reference to the meaning of 5* on Amazon). It's a gruesome story.

I heard the story (and Michelle herself) on "Woman's Hour". For once nobody could be wanting to be in the presenter's shoes. As she was picking her way through words carefully (an admirable performance by the way), like someone just about to walk on broken glass, Michelle seemed to be the only one who was talking almost matter-of-factly. What struck me was the warmth in her voice, the abundance of love to everyone (and her son in particular) and seemingly sincere declaration of forgiveness. There was an awkward pause near the end of the programme, where Michelle's coping seemed to slip and difficult things had to be dealt with with the mic off. But after that she was back again full of shining love.

They say more then 90% of the universe is dark matter. It seems to be in proportion with what life has allotted to her. But it makes the light brighter. In the circumstances I am awed by the generosity of Michelle's spirit and humbled by her strength. Bless all the people who helped and are helping Michelle. Things like that give hope to us all. As my little contribution to her quest in balancing out her life I decided to buy her book and hope that it'll help her move a little closer to her ultimate goal and the reason for her sparkling love and her longing - her son.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs K M Bolton on 7 May 2014
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Michelle's story is tragic. She has recounted her horrific experience with honesty and candour. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one go. I admire her so much for her positivity and new found zest for life. I can't ever imagine going through what she has. Michelle, you are an inspiration to so many others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny C on 28 Jun. 2014
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I normally only read fiction but I was intrigued by the Cleveland kidnappings and Michelle's story, this book can be a hard read at times especially when the amount of torture the girls had to endure is described but the overall message throughout is one of incredible strength and hope. I read the whole book over a weekend, I just couldn't put it down, but it's hard to stomach when reading that this isn't just a story, this really happened. The girls bravery is inspirational and I really hope Michelle is reunited with her son one day. A must read.
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