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A Stolen Life: A Memoir by [Dugard, Jaycee]
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'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

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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.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14545 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (July 12 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZZS4CC
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jaycee's story is very moving and interesting...sad of course but I did not enjoy the way the book was written. For one thing I would have liked to have known what was done to find this young girl and some insights from her family. I especially did not enjoy the many pages of the journal she wrote when in captivity. Too many of them. The way this book was written did not hold my interest for very long. I would not buy it again.
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This was an incredibly disturbing story and my heart goes out to Jaycee, her children and her entire family. I hope they can put their experiences behind them as much as possible. Her ordeal and her courage are unquestionably worth five stars. However, the book was very detailed about the early years of her ordeal, but became more vague as time went on. I would have like to have learned more about her relationship with her daughters and the things she taught them as they grew up in captivity.
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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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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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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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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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This book was such a difficult book to read. Jaycee's story broke my heart and I would actually have to put the book down to catch my breath, so to speak. What a courageous woman. Jaycee's descriptions sometimes made me feel like I could feel and smell her surroundings. This is one brave and strong lady. This is a book that is so well-written and heartbreaking. I totally recommend it.
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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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