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.
A part of the Reader Store Must-Read Memoir Collection.
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1 . Amazing.
Posted May 01, 2013 by Paige , LloydminsterI thought this book was absolutely incredible! She did a very good job writting it and it was a truely unbeliavable story. The amount of courage she shows is remarkable. I highly recommend this book.
2 . wonderful I love it
Posted October 09, 2011 by alba , new yorkThis is a very well written book. I love it as soon as I got it I could not put it down. It is very inspiring.
3 . Remarkable story
Posted September 26, 2011 by Marie Claude ChainÃ© , South SalemThis is an horrible but also a remarkable story. A little girl gets kidnapped by a sex offender, is kept for eighteen years and manages to, not only survive, but also give a good education to the two girls fathered by this horrible man. The compelling story of a survivor who only wanted to get kicked out of the island!
I hope she has now found peace.
4 . Inspiring
Posted September 26, 2011 by Pat , Clovis, CAWinston Churchill said "it isn't courage until you're shaking in your boots when you're doing it," and Jaycie Dugard had the real stuff; courage. She adapted to the life she was forced to live and found herself. Her experience presents a challenge to all of us who choose to be victims living ordinary lives. And, such an inspiration to those of us who "never give up," trying to make this world a better place.
5 . Very good read.
Posted September 18, 2011 by Vicky , Coon Rapids,MNI really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. It was however hard to follow at times, you must keep in mind Jaycee's education level. I can't believe the sickness of her abductors!!
6 . boring
Posted August 29, 2011 by carol , buffaloCouldn't wait to get this book. Very disappointing! Find myself skimming thru the pages and trying desperately to finish it.
7 . Excellant!
Posted July 16, 2011 by Pam , New OrleansCould not put this book down.....read it in one day!
Simon & Schuster
July 11, 2011
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