Title: A Stolen Life
Author: Jaycee Dugard
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: July 12, 2011
Hardcover, 288 pages
Barnes and Noble
Probably one of the hardest, most heart-breaking reads. So honest. So open and way more information than I would ever want to know. My heart goes out to Jaycee and her family. To know what she had to live through. But at the same time, she lived through it. I am so torn. She has strength and perserverance. I am so proud of her for telling her story; and telling it all. As a woman, I gain strength from her. And yet, I mourn for her too. The loss of her innocence, her family, her life. And am so relieved to know she may start to live again.
A book every person, especially woman, mother, sister, daughter should read.
In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who 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 survived.
A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.