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.
This book is truly remarkable.55
Such a good book & powerful story!55
I was moved saddened and happy that this woman went through y’all that and still was a good person after the fact hope her and her family are doing great Deeply moving and worth the read I think it took me 3 days if not that to finish it and I read it to my newborn also she loved it too!55
I finished this book within hours. I couldn't stop reading until the end. Ever since I saw her interview, I really wanted to read her book. I had tears in my eyes a few times. It was very hard to read what she had to go through. This was an amazing book with an extremely beautiful ending.55
I thought it could have been better written, lots of repetition, not enough details. Easy read.35
This book is beautifully written by a woman who has endured more than I can imagine. I truly hope and pray that She and her girls will have much peace and happiness in the years ahead. Her ability to have a positive attitude and decide to be happy was so inspiring to me.55
I'm giving this 5 stars even though I haven't finished the book & don't think I can stomach finishing it. 5 stars for being brave enough to write this book, 5 Stars for the story telling however I became physically ill half way through reading this that I simply can't finish it. How this amazing girl had the courage to write about this & survive it is unbelievable. I just can't come to grips with finishing the memoir because it's so raw & heartbreaking.55
I wanted to hear Jaycee's story but it was so sexually graphic, I couldn't stomach it. It made me physically ill. After a few chapters, I decided that I won't be able to finish this book. I looked he story up on Wikipedia instead.15
The first part of the book is really hard to read because of the details about what happened to this poor girl but I the book as a whole is amazing. This young lady survived something so horrific and I'm inspired by her strength and courage through it all. I hope the rest of her and her girls lives are everything they want and more.55
It's amazing she survived. I must only give it 3 stars however, some of it is just way to graphic. Too painful to read; I had to skip chapters because it was just something my mind didn't want to know. Too shocking. If that was maybe toned down a little...I don't know...I don't know what I expected from this book. God bless her and I thank her for sharing her survival story.35