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An instant #1 New York Times bestseller—Jaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.

In the summer of June of 1991, I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother that 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 simply survived an intolerable situation. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

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"This little memoir...was written plainly and simply by Dugard herself, without the help of a ghostwriter. And in that, it is powerful beyond its voyeurism…reading the experience in her own words is a revelation."—The Washington Post

“Dugard’s inspirational story…is a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”—USA Today

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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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Miss_Nocturna
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good book
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
A lot of negative reviews from people saying this book is poorly written are shamefully missing the entire notion that Jaycee was only educated until a 5th grade level, so not even out of Elementary School yet. Plus, there was no way between her escape and the time she... See more
A lot of negative reviews from people saying this book is poorly written are shamefully missing the entire notion that Jaycee was only educated until a 5th grade level, so not even out of Elementary School yet. Plus, there was no way between her escape and the time she wrote this book to really become a fully functioning 29+ year old adult and become a best selling author. You can’t be picky and dramatic about her lack of ability to write at an “adult” level like one else would.

Also, other people are claiming this book is boring. She was held in captivity for 18 years and used as nothing more than a rag doll for the first few for a sick man’s needs; also at the hands of his sick wife.

Her days in that backyard were repetitive and depressing and she barely got to leave the house in all of those years. You can expect a pretty harrowing tale, but if you’re “bored” easily because it’s not filled with excitement or bursting with detail about the few outings she had, this book isn’t for you.

I liked the book. Is it one of my absolute favorites? No. But I appreciate it. I appreciate Jaycee’s bravery in recanting her story for people like us to see. It’s raw, just as I’d expected. I saw that emotion on her 20/20 interview and when she mentioned this book I ordered it and I don’t regret it.
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H. Pryor
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GREAT READ! I cried sad and happy tears!
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2016
I can imagine this book took a lot of courage to write! So if I see one more review saying that it doesn''t go into enough detail I will die! Also she had a only 5th grade education and was living in a backyard for 18 years so excuse her for not having the best grammar or... See more
I can imagine this book took a lot of courage to write! So if I see one more review saying that it doesn''t go into enough detail I will die! Also she had a only 5th grade education and was living in a backyard for 18 years so excuse her for not having the best grammar or writing skills. I personally liked that it was written in her own words. I felt I was hearing the story as told by 11 year old Jaycee. It makes me see her perspective on what happened through an 11 year old''s eyes. If one is reading the book and actually comprehending what Jaycee talks about, animals were what kept her going. So if all she talks about is cats it''s because that''s all she had for so long.
A few reviews claimed the book was repetitive, there are times that''s true but instead of thinking of that negatively and bashing Jaycee''s writing abilities, I see it as a recovering woman trying to piece together a story of 18 years of captivity. A story in which people begged and pried into her privacy just to get. This book also aided in her healing she wanted to write in her own words she explains why if you read the preface!!!!
This book was a hard read but an excellent insight on Jaycee''s perseverance, strength and her unbelievable ability to survive and overcome a horrific event. I never went into reading this book thinking it would contain superior grammar and writing style. I applaud her for sharing her story. (She also isn''t a bad writer) I recommend this book for sure!
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Jaycee was a girl brain washed and did an awesome job writing this book considering her situation!!!
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2020
I AM TOTALLY SICKENED BY THE PEOPLE THAT COULD GIVE THIS BOOK 1 STAR AND CRITICIZE HER ABOUT IT BEING WRITTEN POORLY! SICKENED !!!! THIS WAS A BOOK THAT SHE NEEDED TO WRITE TO TELL HER STORY , EXACTLY AS HAPPENED, EXACTLY AS SHE THOUGHT. SHE WAS 11 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WAS... See more
I AM TOTALLY SICKENED BY THE PEOPLE THAT COULD GIVE THIS BOOK 1 STAR AND CRITICIZE HER ABOUT IT BEING WRITTEN POORLY! SICKENED !!!! THIS WAS A BOOK THAT SHE NEEDED TO WRITE TO TELL HER STORY , EXACTLY AS HAPPENED, EXACTLY AS SHE THOUGHT. SHE WAS 11 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WAS KIDNAPPED. WTF PEOPLE , SHE LOST HER EDUCATION AND SADLY WAS BEING BRAIN WASHED. DID THOSE IGNORANT PEOPLE FORGET WHAT ITS LIKE BEING A CHILD AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRAIN???? COME ON. THIS BOOK IS INDEED AWFUL TO READ THE CONTEXT, NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT, BUT WHY THE CRITICIZERS ??? ANYWAY- I FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE A WONDERFUL, THERAPEUTIC BOOK NOT FOR ME, BUT FOR JAYCEE DUGARD''S SAKE. IM VERY HAPPY SHE IS IN HER REAL HOME NOW. IM GLAD THOSE PEOPLE THAT TOOK HER ARE GETTING WHAT THEY DESERVE NOW. REMEMBER, THIS IS A MEMOIR, REAL THOUGHTS, REAL THINGS IN ONES LIFE.... THESE KINDS OF BOOKS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE SOME BOOK GOING INTO A DAMN PROFESSIONAL WRITING CONTEST- BACK OFF PEOPLE- IM VERY HAPPY JAYCEE IS FREE NOW AND HAD THE COURAGE TO SHARE HER STORY. THANKS JAYCEE
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butterflywriter
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A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard review by Elizabeth
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2017
The last week or so I''ve been on a kick of reading either true crime novels about girls that have been kidnapped or in the case of, this book, when the victims themselves have written their own story in the form of memoirs or a book. I find that I prefer the accounts that... See more
The last week or so I''ve been on a kick of reading either true crime novels about girls that have been kidnapped or in the case of, this book, when the victims themselves have written their own story in the form of memoirs or a book. I find that I prefer the accounts that are written by the survivors of the kidnappings; they seem more honest and you know what your reading actually happened to the author. Sometimes true crime novels just feel like they are listing all the facts they can find to include in their books. While I do value accuracy reading the same thing three times throughout the book and knowing its the same fact just worded differently gets really frustrating and boring to be honest.

This book follows the life of Jaycee Dugard starting around the time she was first taken from her parents. And follows her throughout the next 18 years as Philip and his wife Nancy make her change her name, as well as Philip raping her every two to three days. They tell her that they took her so that Philip can use her for his pedophilic urges and in this way he won''t have to kill or rape someone else to fulfill his twisted needs. He (Philip) also gets Jaycee pregnant twice both times she has girls and when she becomes a Mother it strengthens something in her because now she has two little lives depending on her to protect them and keep them safe.

It also really struck me how the abductor''s wife Nancy was so involved in taking Jaycee who was only eleven at the time; I mean what kind of female would do that to another woman much less a pre-teen girl; I cannot even imagine being that evil. This story kept me enthralled and interested for the entire book; it does have some graphic details so if that would bother you or if bringing up unwanted abuse from your own past then although its a good book I would not recommend you read it.

Jaycee definitely has her own style of writing; she even hints in the beginning of the book that her writing style is vastly different from the norm. I love that she has her own voice and she deserves so much more than what that evil couple did to her. I gave the book four stars instead of five because at places it was really jumpy, and things got repeated a lot...other than that I really enjoyed the book. (Maybe enjoyment isn''t the right word;) I''ll just say I respect that Jaycee had the courage to write it, and to continue to try to live a normal happy life with her girls.

If you like true crime novels or are just looking for a change of pace; and something that will really rock you to your core than I would definitely recommend this book.
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Anna1
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GREAT BOOK!!
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2019
This is a true crime memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped in 1991 at age 11 from her school bus stop within in sight of her home. A man and his wife take her to their home in California where she is forced to live in a tent behind their house for 18 years. The wife... See more
This is a true crime memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped in 1991 at age 11 from her school bus stop within in sight of her home. A man and his wife take her to their home in California where she is forced to live in a tent behind their house for 18 years. The wife told her that she was taken for her husband''s enjoyment which turned out to be true. He raped her daily which resulted in her giving birth to two daughters. These two gave her the strength and courage to endure all the abuse and degrading incidents that was put on her daily.
Her rescue was actually caused by her male kidnapper. You will smile and cry often in this book but it is worth reading. Jaycee was a fifth grade when taken but return home a more mature and stronger person. She tells her story in her own words.
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Philip
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Inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2015
Jaycee is an amazing survivor. She writes this book at 30 yrs old(?) and explains that she''s only been formally educated as fifth grader, so don''t expect this to be brilliant. However, it absolutely is brilliant. She choose to not use a ghost writer, which is absolutely... See more
Jaycee is an amazing survivor. She writes this book at 30 yrs old(?) and explains that she''s only been formally educated as fifth grader, so don''t expect this to be brilliant. However, it absolutely is brilliant. She choose to not use a ghost writer, which is absolutely admirable. In her view to write it on her own is truly using her OWN voice.

Don''t be weary of the sexual abuse parts that are in the book. She''s fairly quick and doesn''t get overly gruesome or detailed. She makes it easy for the reader to not get devastated by the harsh reality of what happened to her by giving a reflection, of herself writing the story and reliving those moments. When she gives her reflections, it kept me reminded that today she is a free, happy person, with a genuinely beautiful soul.

Stories like these are sometimes so unfathomable, but Jaycee takes us right there, into the "backyard" and it becomes so real. Her voice is that of a young girl, a woman, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a victim no more, and a survivor.

Although I do not know her personally, I''m proud of her. I happy that a person like her exist in a this world that sometimes seems so dreadful.

She makes me want to be a better person, a kinder human being to others, and not be afraid to live my life the way I choose.

Thank you Jaycee
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Kirstie Ader
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Oh my goodness
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2017
I cried. A lot. As a victim of teenage abduction this really touched my heart knowing I am not alone. You are an amazing and strong woman, Jaycee. Thank you for sharing this with us. I can imagine it was not easy.
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Cesar Lopes de Mendonca
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
weird book
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2018
This is a sad one. Duggard does not seem fully capable of reflecting on the horrible experience she went through, which is understandable. It would have been a good thing is she would go back to that experience in ten, twenty zears time to reflect upon what she went... See more
This is a sad one. Duggard does not seem fully capable of reflecting on the horrible experience she went through, which is understandable.
It would have been a good thing is she would go back to that experience in ten, twenty zears time to reflect upon what she went through.
For now its a report of a very painful existence but something there is missing, something which Phillip Garrido really took away from her.
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Ansdell Lass
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A true survivor
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2018
Jaycee Is a remarkable woman who was an even more remarkable child. She could have given up, or worse, as her kidnap, numerous rapes and mental and physical torture took place over so many years when she should have been enjoying life as a teenager and young woman. One...See more
Jaycee Is a remarkable woman who was an even more remarkable child. She could have given up, or worse, as her kidnap, numerous rapes and mental and physical torture took place over so many years when she should have been enjoying life as a teenager and young woman. One reviewer said she "...was groomed to behave in the way expected of her by those who held sway over every aspect of her life." whilst this is true to an extent, she worked out at a young age to avoid, as far as she could, Garrido abusing her further by being careful what she said. Due to his multiple mental issues she would have had difficulty knowing what his reaction would be to any comment she made, however innocent. I think it was incredible that she managed to make her life a little easier, although maybe easier is not the correct word under the circumstances. I thought the writing style was excellent and showed a great deal of intelligence from one who had been basically kept as child until her late twenties. I felt for her so much, especially when she had to leave her daughters with Garrido. He lied so much she must have been frightened he would abuse them too, despite his protestations that the wouldn''t do that to his own children. She seemed surprised when he stopped abusing her but it seems obvious to me. She grew up and he is a paedophile and so had no more sexual interest in her. Garrido''s wife was more under his spell that Jaycee was and to aid and abet him was disgusting. She was the weak woman in this story, not Jaycee. For a person to have to go through what she did for 18 long years is a testament to Jaycee''s strength and fortitude. The same reviewer (I making the assumption here that it is a male) who didn''t quite believe that she could love her daughters unconditionally obviously didn''t understand how much she craved to be loved in the terrible situation in which she found herself. Most normal mothers love their children unconditionally and in this she was a normal mother despite their monster of a father. Being as strong as she was, when still a child herself, she rose above her circumstances to give her beloved daughters as much normality as she was able, even when she was forced to pretend to be their sister in order that Garrido''s skewed vision of a family could be achieved. Jaycee said her Mum was the strongest person she knew but that is because she doesn''t know how amazingly strong she herself is. She is a wonderful person with two lovely daughters, and a great family and is surrounded by compassionate and helpful people. I hope she is still recovering well from her ordeal and has managed to move on somewhat and is enjoying a wonderful life and that finally she has managed to achieve at least some of "bucket list" dreams.
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Victoria Pamela
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A very brave woman.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2017
How do you write a review about someone''s life because that is in essence what Jaycee''s book is. Her life. We read books and then tell of how it made us feel, that it was consuming, that it made an impact. A Stolen Life was all of those things and so much more. If you are...See more
How do you write a review about someone''s life because that is in essence what Jaycee''s book is. Her life. We read books and then tell of how it made us feel, that it was consuming, that it made an impact. A Stolen Life was all of those things and so much more. If you are looking for an easy read then this book isn''t for you, if you are looking for a book that will stop and make you think, make you feel then you need to read this. It''s tragically beautiful. What''s beautiful is the light that constantly shines from this little girl, even in her darkest moments she finds something to be positive about and that alone amazes me. Living through the experience through her eyes and thoughts is something I will never forget, her story has had an impact I never considered before picking it up. In actual fact I always promised myself that I would never read a book about abuse and yet something about Jaycee''s story sparked for me. Seeing this grown woman who had suffered 18 years. Suffered things no person should go through never mind a child. Seeing her happy and positive and hopeful after an experience that would have shattered so many, made me feel a need to walk a mile in her shoes and buy her book. It was an eye opening and very emotional read and I will forever be a little changed from her story. Her words teach you that when you feel life is at the worst it could possibly get there is always hope. In her 18 years of captivity she never gave up hope. She was grateful for so many little things that most people take for granted. Like I said a very eye opening story and it''s one that will stay with whoever reads it. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is brave enough to open its pages and follow a brave 11 year old on a journey no adult never mind child should should have to take and flourish and become and amazing woman.
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Miss T
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Jaycee''s inspirational story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 16, 2020
I''m glad it''s written by Jaycee in her own words and not been polished into something less authentic by a ghostwriter. It''s hard to read in places because of the evil actions of Garrido towards a young and innocent child.. I wanted to stop but Jaycee has earned the right to...See more
I''m glad it''s written by Jaycee in her own words and not been polished into something less authentic by a ghostwriter. It''s hard to read in places because of the evil actions of Garrido towards a young and innocent child.. I wanted to stop but Jaycee has earned the right to be heard in her own words. Her survival is miraculous, I completely understand why she didn''t reach out for help when she had opportunity.. I don''t believe anyone has the rights to criticise her actions when she had spent so long fearing the repercussions of attempting escape.. so long being conditioned into compliance, she also, latterly, had two children to think of and no doubt the overwhelming fear that Garrido could at any time decide to make them do the unspeakable things he made Jaycee do and what could she have done to prevent it? I''m inspired by Jaycee''s therapy candles.. to burn away the past.. to watch the present stand tall.. and the future to burn brightest of all.. I truly hope you get everything you wish for.. flourish in your reunited family, enjoy your hard earned independence and freedom..
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Mrs. Kate Blackwood
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A stolen life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2019
When you realise that this book is written about her first hand experiences it''s incomprehensible to try to understand how an 11 year old could cope with being ripped from her normal life and subject to the cruelty and sexual abuse for18 years, giving birth to 2 girls...See more
When you realise that this book is written about her first hand experiences it''s incomprehensible to try to understand how an 11 year old could cope with being ripped from her normal life and subject to the cruelty and sexual abuse for18 years, giving birth to 2 girls before she was 18. I read it ,not with morbid curiosity but with an attempt to understand her coping strategies and mental state as she went through this. She really is an amazing girl who is learning to live with the scars that will affect her for the rest of her life
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L. Kemp
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Great Start but ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2019
I was really looking forward to reading this book, it started off at a fairly fast pace, but then it faded away and found myself skipping her diary entries, I would have liked to have read more about the relationship with her captor in more in depth, it skimmed over it so I...See more
I was really looking forward to reading this book, it started off at a fairly fast pace, but then it faded away and found myself skipping her diary entries, I would have liked to have read more about the relationship with her captor in more in depth, it skimmed over it so I didn’t really feel the horror of living this life. No mention of her step father after her release she barely speaks of him and not in the conclusion of her story or why. I was left with unanswered questions.
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