- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (3 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451629194
- ISBN-13: 978-1451629194
- ASIN: 1451629192
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Stolen Life: A Memoir Paperback – 3 Jul 2012
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About the Author
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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The most remarkable part of the story is Dugard's determination to help her daughters. Though she herself only has a fifth-grade education, she's determined that they get an education. She makes them go to "school" every morning for four hours and stays up late into the night designing homework lessons. The determination of a mother to take care of her kids is an awesome thing.
A Stolen Life is a remarkable book. This is a must-read book. It takes you inside Jaycee Dugard's story to understand what her life was like and how she survived. It can be emotionally tough going at some points, but Dugard is a remarkable woman. Her ability to describe what happened to her in straightforward terms and her efforts to not let it define the rest of her life are inspiring. At the end, she writes about how she has adopted a pinecone, the last thing she touched before being kidnapped, as her symbol: "The pinecone is my reminder that life can always be restarted. But I know I can't heal the world. To me the best place to start the healing process is within our own families."
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.
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