'Jaycee tells of horror years as rapist's captive... Today, her memoir A Stolen Life was released to the media. It will go on sale this week' Evening Standard 12/7 'Prisoner's life of pain becomes swift bestseller... Jaycee Dugard, the California woman who spent 18 years as a prisoner in the back garden of a sex offender until she was found in 2009, has described her astonishing ordeal in a memoir which has moved to the top of the Amazon bestseller list even before its release in bookshops today' Independent 12/7 'This week's entertainment releases... No. 2 A Stolen Life - Jaycee Dugard. The US girl kidnapped and held captive for eighteen years tells her story in an unblinking and harrowing narrative' Mail on Sunday 10/7 'The 30-year-old Californian gives an unflinching account of her abduction as an eleven-year-old, and he 18 years spent as Philip Craig Garrido's captive' TNT Magazine 11/7 'In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Jaycee Dugard, 31, talked calmly of how she was kidnapped by a couple and held captive for 18 years - there was "a switch" she shut off to survive emotionally - but was in tears telling how she felt, at 14, on seeing the first of two girls fathered by the man: she didn't know how to protect the child, but "I knew I could never let anything happen to her". Dugard spoke on the eve of a memoir of her captivity, A Stolen Life. Last month Phillips Garrido, 60, got life after admitting guilt, in a deal whereby Nancy Garrido, 55, got 36 years to life after admitting guilt' Guardian 12/7 'London's Bestsellers (Daunt W1; Foyles W1; Goldsborough Books W1; Heywood Hill W1; John Sandoe SW3; Waterstone's W8). Dark Horse: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. Terror Memoir' Evening Standard 15/7
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.