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A Stolen Life: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Jaycee Dugard
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"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 voyeurism…reading the experience in her own words is a revelation."—The Washington Post

“Dugard’s inspirational story…is a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”—USA Today

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking July 28 2011
This book is so heartbreaking I could not keep the tears from coming and I didn't want to put it down. With such little education, she did an amazing job raising her kids (in such a condition) and made sure all three of them survive. I could not imagine living through such a ordeal, even though at time in the book I felt like I was living this nightmare with them. Excellent job and I highly recommend this book to anyone that could handle it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Unbelievable Story Dec 22 2013
I read this book over a 2 day period. I have nothing but admiration for the gutwrenching honesty of this young lady.
Her vivid details were blindsided, I had to put the book down a few times when she described the herific details of what that monster and his wife had her endure for 18 years. I am totally baffled that the neighbours did not see the many blue tarps pitched in the backyard. They must have seen Jaycee leave the house with the children many times, did they ever wonder who she was and did they not suspect that the children were hers????
I am so happy that the idiot made the decision to take them on the trip to visit his parole officer.
I am extremly happy that Jaycee has reunited with her mom and family. She is a beautiful woman and I hope the rest of her life is consumed by love and affection. To know she has a foundation to help abused families deserves accolades.
I wish Jaycee all the best in her future endeavours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I could not put this book down. It is written in a different manner and it works. Jaycee was and is incredibly brave. What shocked me the most was the mental control he and his wife had over her. She walked amongst some of you out there at walmart and other places but was too afraid to reach out. Her description of feeling like she is still in prison trying the escape the media really does make one think. All the best to Jaycee and her daughters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shows strong will and perseverance March 3 2015
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I liked the honesty and directness of how this was written
I would recommend this to anyone with a daughter and/or
Those who have a sense of empathy for the suffering of others and
Finally those who want to read true life events
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely heart wrenching... July 26 2011
Written simply and gut wrenchingly truthful, I could not put this book down. Jaycee's courage and determination to survive is an inspiration to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Her story was captivating. You read this book with such a vivid picture of her horrible experience. She is a true inspiration. Loved this book. You will even shed a few tears as well. Definitely worth the read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple and honest Aug. 1 2011
This book has kept me captivated for the last days, first by reading it in one day and now it still being very much on my mind. It is a simple and honest account of those terrible years. No need for a literary masterpiece! The book accomplishes what it should: giving the reader some understanding what Jaycee Dugard went through and how she was able to survive, especially mentally, such ordeal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stolen Life- Great book! Sept. 26 2013
This book is absolutely heart-wrenching. It is a terrible tragedy. It's extremely hard to read without feeling pain for her. Sometimes you can't hold the tears back. She made the best of a worst situation. She raised her kids the best way she knew how. She just kept her mind focus on surviving. This story is an incredible tale about a young woman and her finally long awaited freedom. Very emotionally hard to read but a book that keeps you captivated from chapter 1. Great read!
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