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- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 22mm | 141g
- Publication date: 15 November 2011
- ISBN 10: 1451673701
- ISBN 13: 9781451673708
- Sales rank: 1,407
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.www.thejaycfoundation.org
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By Rachel Upton 06 Aug 2013
This book is amazing to read, very sad and disturbing, but a must for everyone to read. Jaycee is a wonderful woman. It's wonderful to think her strength and terror and harsh start to life, has turned her into a wonderful person.
I was on holiday in American when she was found and remember hearing the news broadcasts about. So I felt drawn to read her book.
Parts of the book are very sad to read and I feel in her writing she has only written about the better times and things that happened to her and her children. I'm sure the horrible things are still hard to write and totally let out. But what she has written makes her remarkable and it does give inspiration and makes you really think deep down inside of yourself.
Lets hope they find Madeline and any other children who are missing.
By Naquita Smith 06 Apr 2013
An incredibly sad story with such an amazing ending that leaves you filled with hope. Jaycee takes you through some of her most unimaginable saddest and toughest times yet Jaycee seems to have such a bright positive light that is truly amazing. An absolute must read!
By Oakley Condon 26 Feb 2013
Such a sad story but amazing that she had the strength to write about it after all she's been through. Mostly well written and really makes you think about the horrors described.