Finding Me

Finding Me

A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed : A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

Book - 2014
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Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.
Published: New York, NY :, Weinstein Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781602862562
1602862567
Branch Call Number: 364.154 KNI
Characteristics: xi, 252 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Burford, Michelle - Author

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Katrina1979
Jul 05, 2017

I have read all 3 books of the Cleveland Abduction and this one was the best this survivor is an astonishing women inside and out my heart broke for all the girls involved but Michelle Knight is one girl i will never forget I would recommend this book 100%

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daria1501
Sep 11, 2015

I couldn't put the book down. I read it in about two days. I am glad she was able to tell her story and move on with her life. It was sad how she had to take most of the abuse while there before the others arrived.

trukerdon Jun 26, 2015

Excellent book very easy to read. Incredible story of survival!

taznmatti May 20, 2015

Worth reading ... I think it puts a new light on Michelle's true struggle.

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Tawjean
May 16, 2015

Amazing story of survival , though I was a little disappointed that their wasn't more written about life after escape from that monster Castro .
I'm so happy for the woman that they have reclaimed their lives and may god bless them:-)

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virg45_2
May 11, 2015

Just watched the movie and was amazed that she was able to endure all that she did. I am so proud of you for being the strength for Amanda and Gina. You have the courage that most people only wish they had. She is a survivor. Wish I had the chance to meet you.

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itzamemario
Apr 30, 2015

I couldnt beleive what this poor woman had gone through, before and after being kidnapped, and held hostage. I think her previous life before the kidnapping prepared her for what was to come. I couldnt even imagine what her and the other two ladies endured. The abuse, physically and mentally, i found extremely upsetting. I couldnt beleive there are humans out there, who still draw the same breath we all breathe. Well written, very hard to put down.

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amcott13
Mar 04, 2015

Michelle is a one of a kind person. Not only was she living through Hell before she was kidnapped but then it got way worse! I had no idea how horrible this poor girl's life was up until she was free'd. How someone can come out of the first 32 years of life living the way she did and then be positive and go on beats me. I thought I had bad days but they are NOTHING compared to what Michelle had to deal with. So sad but such an insperational woman!

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caryssaandderrick
Feb 10, 2015

Michelle's story can teach so many people both men and woman that just cause u feel like u are hell and never getting out and want to give up that there is always hope and u can come out being a strong amazing person

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DanaKBurgess
Jan 31, 2015

I was hesitant to pick this book up. I didn't really want to know what happened to any of the women in Ariel Castro's (hereafter referred to as 'the dude') prison. I wasn't after some sensational, disgusting account of abuse and slavery. The deciding factor for me was seeing an interview with author Michelle Knight. What a feisty, down to earth woman! So it was with trepidation I turned to the first page. Michelle starts her story from the beginning - her beginning. We are introduced to a little girl living a life of sadness who, somehow discovers faith and hope and refuses to let either go. She is discreet in her description of the hell she ended up living in for 10 years, which I truly appreciated. In telling her story, she manages to make the abuse understood without having to stoop to specifics. The real story here is how Michelle managed to hold on to her faith, her hope and her true self no matter what 'the dude' did to her. I am in no way saying she didn't have and doesn't continue to have issues to work out - who wouldn't!! But her attitude and fierce will to heal and be happy serve as inspiration to anyone who has ever been through hell; to anyone who has wondered 'why me'; to anyone who has dared to take their life for granted. Michelle's story ends up being an uplifting reminder that we can not only survive, but bloom no matter what happens in our lives.

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gdifranco Sep 12, 2014

Repulsive and horrifying are the only words to describe the experience that Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus endured at the hands of an absolute monster. As upsetting as the decade of terror and torture was, this book offers insights into the magnitude of degredation and suffering these girls were subjected to. The events in the book are unfathomable, but they prose brings to light the humanity of the victims of the Cleveland kidnappings and their quest to regain freedom. This is not a fireside chat book, but an eye-opening tale of the horrors that other victims are probably still going through. Thank you, Michelle, for telling your story.

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grphillips_0
Jun 28, 2014

Michelle Knight's determination to survive for 12 long years in a hell-like atmosphere is nothing but miraculous. Whe was able to fogive her tormentor and is an inspiration to us all. A must read.
-Gerri Phillips

SpringAltman Jun 25, 2014

Michelle Knight chronicles are days a kidnapped victim of Ariel Castro and her will to survival the ordeal and begin a new life

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gdifranco Sep 12, 2014

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May 03, 2014

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smt429 Aug 01, 2014

"When I was on my last breath in that house, God kept me alive for a reason. I believe the reason is so I can help others who have been in my situation."

SpringAltman Jul 01, 2014

“Every person who is lost is somebody’s child.”

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