A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

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20 Critic Reviews

The book is more than just a horror story with a recovery at the end -- although it is that -- because Dugard's survival shows such extraordinary fortitude.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.

 

About Jaycee Dugard

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Jaycee Dugard lives with her two daughters in California. Learn more about Jaycee Dugard and her JAYC Foundation at TheJAYCFoundation.org.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 17 2011

Her book is brave, dignified and painstakingly honest, even when it comes to the banal particulars of how she stayed afloat.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Petula Dvorak on Jul 22 2011

Dugard surprises, in the end, by her lack of bitterness.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Cassandra Jardine on Jul 25 2011

What’s remarkable about this book is not the writing, which is touchingly childlike in its innocence, but the tone.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Jul 31 2011

Here is a woman who suffered 18 years of captivity by a demented, drug-abusing rapist. . . and can tell the saga believably, unflinchingly.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
Jul 23 2011

. . .a voice that is calm, wise, mature, balanced rather than bitter, and full of the joy of being alive and being free.

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The New Republic

Excellent
Reviewed by Ruth Franklin on Jul 27 2011

Dugard’s account is paradoxically simple.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Jul 14 2011

I didn’t finish the book thinking she was damaged. I finished it feeling blown away by her courage.

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BuffaloNews.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Neville on Jul 22 2011

The book opens with an author's note that the structure of her memoir "might be confusing to some,". . .Despite Dugard's note, the book is neither jumbled nor significantly disconnected.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Lewis on Jul 14 2011

The prose is spare and simple, but what it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in immediacy and emotional intensity.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Jul 13 2011

The book is more than just a horror story with a recovery at the end -- although it is that -- because Dugard's survival shows such extraordinary fortitude.

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The Express Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Sameen Amer on Aug 30 2011

. . .the memoir gives the readers a chance to hear Jaycee’s actual voice, which is why the grammatical missteps seem almost inconsequential.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

Excellent
Oct 06 2011

This enduring story of survival left me amazed at the inner strength of one little girl.

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Steph the Bookworm

Excellent
Reviewed by StephTheBookworm on Oct 16 2011

This story is heartbreaking, disturbing, and worst of all, true. I highly recommend it. Everyone should know the truth about what this poor girl endured, and who better to hear it from then Jaycee herself...This story is a true testimony to what the human spirit can endure when faced with the unthinkable.

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Opinions of a Wolf Blog

Good
Aug 18 2011

Eliminating the ghost writer and letting the victim speak grants us, the readers, the opportunity to truly connect with a survivor.

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Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Sep 02 2011

Is it a difficult book? Yes. A book full of fear and sorrow and loss? Yes, absolutely. But it is also full of hope and resilience and love.

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The Garfield Book Review

Good
Aug 08 2011

The prose isn’t fancy, but it’s exceedingly honest, and for a case like Jaycee Dugard’s, that’s far more important than literary merit.

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Shykia Bell

Good
Reviewed by Shykia Bell on Feb 15 2012

. . .the book is often written in simplistic language. . .but in all fairness, I think the author did well considering her level of education at the time it was written.

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Reference Counterculture

Good
Reviewed by Kathryn Bergeron on Jan 17 2012

The most spectacular thing about the book is the fact that it is written with such hope for the future.

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Paulette Alden

Good
Reviewed by Paulette Alden on Nov 21 2011

The story she tells is incomprehensible and yet she lays it out straightforwardly, candidly, bravely, without self-pity and with calm sanity.

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Writer's Diary

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Jewel on Jul 14 2011

I came away with a profound respect for Dugard, and I wouldn’t give that up for any of the tears I shed reading it.

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