Finding Me, Michelle Knight's account of the decade she spent in captivity at the hands of her kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was the top selling title on Publishers Weekly's nonfiction bestseller list for the week ended May 11. The book, out from Weinstein Publishing on May 6, landed at #9 on the overall bestseller list, selling roughly 31,000 copies in its first week on sale. It had a strong digital showing last week, as well, hitting #6 on Apple's iBooks bestseller list for the week ended May 12.
Written with journalist Michelle Burford, Finding Me is arguably Weinstein's biggest book of the season, and one of the publisher's more visible titles since reforming in 2012. Weinstein sent Knight on a significant media tour, launching the book with appearances on Dateline, Today, Anderson Cooper 360, Dr. Phil, and a cover story in People magazine.
"Michelle has really connected to people through her media interviews," said Kathleen Schmidt, publicity director at Weinstein Publishing. "We have been receiving e-mails from readers offering kind words of support. She has really touched people with her story, showing that even in the toughest situations, you can survive."
Weinstein currently has 250,000 copies of the book in print. Though still in its first printing, Schmidt is "confident" the publisher will head back to press on the title.