A Stolen Life : A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard (2011, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisDugard recounts, in her own words, her story of being kidnapped on June 10, 1991. She was 11 years old.,In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don't think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it. The pine cone is a symbol that represents the seed of a new beginning for me. To help facilitate new beginnings, with the support of animal-assisted therapy, the J A Y C Foundation provides support and services for the timely treatment of families recovering from abduction and the aftermath of traumatic experiences families like my own who need to learn how to heal. In addition, the J A Y C Foundation hopes to facilitate awareness in schools about the important need to care for one another. Our motto is "Just Ask Yourself to . . . Care!" A portion of my proceeds from this memoir will be donated to The J A Y C Foundation Inc.,Jaycee Dugard's New York Times bestselling memoir chronicles her raw and powerful story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years. When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Phillip Craig and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. On August 26, 2009, Garrido showed up for a meeting with his parole officer; he brought Jaycee, her daughters, and his wife Nancy with him. Their unusual behavior raised suspicions and an investigation revealed the tent behind the Garridos' home where Jaycee had been living for nearly two decades. A Stolen Life was written by Jaycee herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experiencedand offers an extraordinary account of courage and resilience.,The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.,When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Phillip Craig and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. On August 26, 2009, Garrido showed up for a meeting with his parole officer; he brought Jaycee, her daughters, and his wife Nancy with him. Their unusual behavior raised suspicions and an investigation revealed the tent behind the Garridos' home where Jaycee had been living for nearly two decades. A Stolen Life was written by Jaycee herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced-and offers an extraordinary account of courage and resilience.
- AuthorJaycee Dugard
- Number Of Pages288 pages
- Publication Date2011-07-12
- PublisherSimon & Schuster
- Copyright Date2011
- Weight13.7 Oz
- Height1.2 In.
- Width5.5 In.
- Length8.4 In.
- LC Classification NumberHV6574.U6D84 2011
- Dewey Decimal364.15/4092 B
- Dewey Edition23
- Reviews"Dugard's inspirational storyâŠis a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit." USA Today,"Dugard's inspirational story…is a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit." USA Today,"This little memoir...was written plainly and simply by Dugard herself, without the help of a ghostwriter. And in that, it is powerful beyond its voyeurismâŠreading the experience in her own words is a revelation." The Washington Post
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- atl2vegasAug 03, 2016by
Great book. Didn't make it half way through without crying. Such a heart breaking story to have gone through and constantly reliving daily.
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- raiderettechica...Jul 20, 2011by
Places you in her shoes.... I was amazed.How did such a young girl survive?
Extremely inpsiring story! This woman is truly amazing! To have gone through all those horrific events and come out standing on two feet, raising two daughters and writing this brilliant book.... I'm blown away! She's truly an ideal to many women of abuse, either it be sexual or not. Jaycee is a hero in my eyes and this book in detail, puts you in her shoes. In easy words... Wonderful book. I am so happy she was able to get her not only her life back, but her own name back.
- gman123485Aug 16, 2016by
Thank you very much! Your awesome!
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- thelightsoutSep 02, 2011by
Heartwrenching, profound story. Inspiring and just amazing.
Oh God. Well, this book is hearwrenching, yet told well by the author in regards to her first-hand experience being kidnapped at age 12 by her captors and rapist...if you don't know the story of Jaycee Dugard, look it up. She is such an intelligent young woman and was an intelligent child. She even recognizes she's in arrested development but at her release, begins therapy (KUDOS to her no-doubt GREAT therapist!) and decided to write it all down. There are many excerpts from her journals and many thoughts both now about then and strictly about then. I don't know her and don't know what life is like for her now, but in the interviews and according to the book, she is accepting and working through everything that has happened to her. She has LOTS of love around her, which is a great thing to have goin' on. Her love of animals (especially kitties!!!!) I truly believe is what got her through the ordeal, which attests to the power of the human-animal bond. In fact, she writes in her journal that if she "ever makes it outta here" she wants to start a retreat or camp for people who have been abused or hurt in some way and animals (not exactly what she says but just to get the picture across) and that is precisely what she has done. Amazing. It really is a testament to the power and strength that is found in the human psyche and what we will do to stay alive and (somewhat) sane in insane conditions.
By all means, if you are curious about her story, buy the book like I did, and read it.Read full review
- jsmi7444Sep 06, 2011by
A woman who lost her childhood and 18 years is a survivor and not a victim!
Loved this book! Jaycee was abused her whole life and came out the other side able to smile somehow. She had two children while kidnapped by the man who abducted her. She was allowed th be her daughters sister and not their mother. She was kept in a backyard where people could see her where parole officers came 60 different times and even saw Jaycee (when she was older)and no help ever came. If it was not for Philip (the pedifile) taking Jaycee to the parole office Jaycee and her daughters could posibilly still be in captivity. That is so sad and disturbing that no one was there to help her! Jaycee will continue to do everyday things for herself and her children. Things that she was never allowed to do like make any decision. But she grows and learns everyday. Her book is not about hate. It is not about a victim but a survivor! Jaycee has been reunited with her own family and friends. She has had to get to know them all over again. She was gone for 18 years. Her sister was in diapers when she was taken and is now grown. Jaycee is making it and will continue to make her own way in this world! I would recommend this book to anyone who has been wronged by another. We can all learn from Jaycee about forgivness and the ability to live and get through and get past the bad stuff and LIVE!Read full review