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A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard

A Stolen Life: A Memoir (2011)

by Jaycee Dugard

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This book is heartbreaking, uplifting, disturbing and shocking all at the same time. I was gripped by the book from the outset. Some people have complained that it was very muddled in its writing style and confusing as a result. Well for someone who was taken away from school and all social interaction at the age of eleven I was not surprising and perhaps the story benefitted from this as it truely felt like we were reading her thoughts on her experiences and not some ghost written account. For all the awful experiences detailed in the book I found the parts towards the end which dealt with her adjustment to life outside captivity the most moving. She highlight the difficulties of doing normal things stuff we take for granted and also the value in the simple things that we usually take for granted like eating a proper dinner around a table with her children(something denied her during captivity). I finished the book hoping that she and her family have finally been allowed to live the 'normal' family life that Jaycee must have craved so much during those years in captiviy. Well worth the read. ( )
  WWDG | May 6, 2015 |
I give Jaycee all the credit in the world for being able to speak out about what she went through. However I don't feel like I learned anything about her ordeal that I couldn't have guess for myself. She didn't get into a very detailed account about anything. I was very disappointed I thought this book was going to be a lot better. ( )
  PrescottKris | Jan 26, 2015 |
I remember first seeing Jaycee Dugard's face on a rerun episode of Unsolved Mysteries as a young kid and I could never get her face out of my head. Years later I saw the news of her being rescued.
I was so intrigued when this memoir was released because I desperately wanted to know what had happened in her point of view, not just what was in the media.
The book was interesting and kept my attention for the most part. The writing was heartfelt even though it was really simplistic. ( )
  Serenity_Tigerlily | Dec 28, 2014 |
I can't even begin to wrap my head around what Jaycee Dugard, her daughter's and her family went through, but what really shines through in this book is her authenticity and amazing strength. So many memoirs and stories of strength are so heavily edited that the real sense of the person that lived through the moments is lost. A Stolen Life is all Jaycee Dugard and that makes it so powerful. ( )
  ChewDigest | Sep 12, 2014 |
I wanted to read this book ever since I saw it on display in Costco. However, I didn't have time to read much then and I soon forgot the book. A few weeks ago I was hunting down interesting looking memoirs in my local library and stumbled upon the book once more. Immediately I snatched it up and checked it out.

It took me two days and several sittings to get through the book. Not because it was bad or poorly written. (I mean yes, the sentences and thoughts are not overly complex but at the same time Jaycee didn't have much of an education due to her circumstances). It was hard to imagine that a little girl had to go through this for eighteen years. It's harder to imagine that this isn't the only case and that there are many more children (boys and girls alike) taken advantage of every day. And scarily enough, it isn't just kids that get kidnapped.

Though, I feel it was important for me to read it, to get an understanding, to let her know that her voice isn't silenced. That we can read and hear what she went through, that people are on her side and rooting for her and I most definitely am.

The book is obviously personal and Jaycee shared more than she had to. I know reading some reviews by others they wanted to know more about how she raised her kids or what not. I think it was somewhat implied that she was mostly on her own until her captor quit his job and his wife and he helped her. They also forced her to be her kids' sister, so it feels like maybe she wasn't fully allowed to help raise them. I think she gave us just enough because she wanted to keep her childrens' privacy intact, something I commend her for. I do not blame her for this as the media today is ruthless.

Beyond that people didn't want to know as much detail about what happened. You know what? Too bad. It's something real that she went through and sharing the details, not that she went too in depth in reality, was a method of healing. It's a way of saying that she's silent no longer. She isn't the only victim of sexual abuse and some of the reviews further my opinion that it is a silent crime. People don't want to talk about it, hear about it. People want to believe that it doesn't happen. Jaycee's raw truth is astonishing for people. People want to know what happened but then it comes to a taboo subject and they want to plug their ears and scream.

I find the book a decent read. Make sure you're able to handle the subjects of abuse and kidnapping before you delve into it though. Her bravery and continued optimism is something most people don't have and I think it is truly wonderful the things she has managed to accomplish and is still accomplishing today. ( )
  carissaburks | Sep 5, 2014 |
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There are novelists, most notably Emma Donoghue in “Room,” who have tried to imagine what a plight like this is like. There are tabloids that have capitalized on its obscenity. And there are far too many survivors of ghastly crimes who have told their stories in lurid terms laced with self-pity. But Ms. Dugard is different. Her book is brave, dignified and painstakingly honest, even when it comes to the banal particulars of how she stayed afloat. The best parts of “A Stolen Life” are good enough to outweigh the hand-written journal entries about Eclipse, her beloved kitten. Yes, Eclipse is the name Ms. Dugard innocently chose.
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Dedicated to my daughters. For the times we've cried together, laughed together. And all the times in between.
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Ce livre en déconcertera peut-être certains.
Introduction: Let's get one thing straight! My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard.
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The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.

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