Many of you are probably familiar with Jaycee Dugard’s heart wrenching memoir about her 18 years of captivity. Dugard was abducted at a school bus stop in 1991, and she and her daughters were released in 2009. A Stolen Life is available in both print and Kindle editions. In fact, it is at the top of the bestseller list in the Kindle Store.
Throughout her memoir, Jaycee recounts the emotional effect that her kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, had on her. Often, he was her only human contact. She wasn’t even allowed to use her own name, and was forced into motherhood at an extremely young age.
“A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.” – Jaycee Dugard
Personally, I really want to read the story, but it takes a lot of strength to read the sickening events that occurred in her captivity. However, it is a good wake up call on what kidnappers are capable of.
This story is proof that despite horrible tragedies like this one, human beings are incredibly resilient. I truly admire her for her strength and ability to write A Stolen Life. It is possible to survive if you put your mind to it. Jaycee used the love for her mother and later her children to guide her through the dark years.
“She chronicles her experience with brutal honesty. She writes about missing her mother and worrying that she will never see her again. Her dependence upon her kidnapper grows the more he isolates her from the world. For long periods of time he was the only other human being that she saw.”
“How one very strong little girl coped with immensely abusive circumstances and became a survivor. This book is a brutally graphic, and straitforward retelling of Jaycee Dugard’s 18 years in captivity. I could not put this book down. When I was not reading it, I was thinking about it. A haunting story that will stay with you for quite some time. (Thanks for telling us your story Jaycee.) ”
Part of the proceeds from A Stolen Life will go to the JAYC Foundation at www.jaycfoundation.org. This foundation supports families who have been through abductions and other traumatic experiences, and helps them to heal.