A Stolen Life: A Memoir

by Jaycee Dugard | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1451629184 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 7/9/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, July 09, 2012
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From Chapters:
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 was 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.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 09, 2017
Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old when she was kidnapped by a stranger and kept in a shed in his backyard for 18 years. During this time she was sexually assaulted and ended up giving birth to two children while captive. She was very dependent on her captors (husband and wife) and critical of how the system let him get away with this for 18 years when he was a registered offender.

This book very simply tells Jaycee's story, focusing primarily on how she was kidnapped and her first few years in captivity. It seems that after a while, everything just blurred together for her and there wasn't much to tell about her last years there.

Some chapters have reflections that tell the reader what she has learned from her therapy since that time. I'm surprised at how normal and well adjusted she seems to be now. However, the writing is very very simple, which matches the grade level that she last was before she was kidnapped. This book was written quite soon after Jaycee was back in a normal life. As mentioned, she seems to have adjusted very well, but I feel like this book would have been better with another year or two of normality under her belt, which would have given her even more perspective on what happened to her.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren at Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, May 11, 2019

Released 5 mos ago (5/11/2019 UTC) at Harbord House Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada

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