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A Stolen Life: A Memoir
A Stolen Life: A Memoir
A Stolen Life: A Memoir
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A Stolen Life: A Memoir

Written by Jaycee Dugard

Narrated by Jaycee Dugard

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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The first work of its kind-Jaycee Dugard's raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.

When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Phillip Craig and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. On August 26, 2009, Garrido showed up for a meeting with his parole officer; he brought Jaycee, her daughters, and his wife Nancy with him. Their unusual behavior raised suspicions and an investigation revealed the tent behind the Garridos' home where Jaycee had been living for nearly two decades.

A Stolen Life is being written by Jaycee herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced-and offers an extraordinary account of courage and resilience.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateJul 12, 2011
ISBN9781442344990
A Stolen Life: A Memoir
Author

Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard is the author of the memoir A Stolen Life, which tells the story of her kidnapping and eighteen years of captivity. Her second book is Freedom: My Book of Firsts.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Jaycee Dugard's story may be familiar to many. She was kidnapped by Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, while walking to her school bus stop when she was eleven. She was held prisoner as a sex slave in her captor's backyard for eighteen years. Garrido's parole officer routinely inspected the premises, but did not search the area called the 'back back yard.'The first chapters describing her initiation as an eleven year old into rape and drug fueled sexual abuse were extremely hard to listen to. I almost gave the book up at this point.But, remembering her interview, I persevered onward and I'm glad I did. For me, the interesting parts came after she was rescued. I did not understand the psychological impact that being a captive can bring. For eighteen years she had it ingrained that it was her duty to protect Garrido, and initially she felt his discovery and imprisonment meant that she had failed and that she also would be going to prison. She felt her family had probably disowned her. Gradually, through therapy for herself and the two daughters fathered by her captor, she began to understand and be able to integrate herself back into a world she had seen little of and rejoice in her freedom.She also talked warmly of equine therapy, a subject I am interested in. She now has a foundation that supports equine therapy for other kidnapping and sexual abuse victims.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This is a heart-breaking story of a girl abducted at the age of eleven and held captive for eighteen years. The story of this girl is heartbreaking, the abuse, neglect and the only way of life she had come to know. Knowing that she is rescued comforted me reading and her stroy of trength and hope is encouraging.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    "For eighteen years I was a prisoner"By sally tarbox on 30 May 2017Format: Kindle EditionJaycee Dugard was an average, happy-go-lucky eleven year old, when she was abducted by drug-taking Philip Garrido and his wife.This moving and fascinating account details the eighteen years that she lived with them; the initial horrors, the two daughters she bore Philip, the difficult, jealous relationship with Nancy. She recalls the family pets, Garrido's shifting between friendly and psychotic behaviours and the ambiguous relationship she had with the pair.Jaycee is not a natural writer, and I couldnt fully understand her feelings toward them, exactly why she didn't raise the alarm at some point in the almost two decades.An interesting story but leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Great story - made even better because the author read it!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This was an incredibly emotional book some parts were hard to listen to but throughout the book you do see how even though this young girl had to go through all of this she was able to be happy and embrace her new found freedom. I highly recommend this book it is inspirational and touching.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    What a heart wrenching tale. It is such a blessing to see Jaycee has had so much healing after such a terrible trial.