A Stolen Life - Jaycee Dugard

A Stolen Life

By Jaycee Dugard

  • Release Date: 2011-07-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 13,989 Ratings


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.


The pine cone is a symbol that represents the seed of a new beginning for me. To help facilitate new beginnings, with the support of animal-assisted therapy, the J A Y C Foundation provides support and services for the timely treatment of families recovering from abduction and the aftermath of traumatic experiences—families like my own who need to learn how to heal. In addition, the J A Y C Foundation hopes to facilitate awareness in schools about the important need to care for one another.

Our motto is “Just Ask Yourself to . . . Care!”

A portion of my proceeds from this memoir will be donated to The J A Y C Foundation Inc.



  • Amazing

    By haidncuend
    This is an amazing read!!! I read it in two and a half days!!
  • Powerful

    By Icareitmatters
    This book is such a powerful and slightly disturbing read that shows that there is evil everywhere. She’s such a fighter
  • A must read!

    By I Love Grey's Anatomy
    I read this book in 4 days! It was incredible and eye opening. I’ve always been interested in missing children and their stories. This book was beautifully written and I am just so thrilled Jaycee and her daughters are now living life! I wish the best for all of them.
  • Amazing

    By RoseReading
    What this child had to endure is sick and twisted. The person and mother she has now become is inspiring. Every single person in the world can learn from you.
  • Thank You

    By Wene6
    You are are true survivor and so incredibly brave. Bless you and your family! Romans 8:28 ALL THINGS work together
  • Bravery enduring the unimaginable

    By kittycake1
    Her harrowing account of her story in her own voice. Others here have complained it's too graphic (I've read worse descriptions in fiction) and that it jumps all over. Remember, this is a woman who had a 4th grade education and relied on television and books to keep her mind sharp. It is also part of her therapy. No one should expect Hemingway or Fitzgerald. Her accounts of the attacks should make you uncomfortable. She was 11 years old, kidnapped, raped, and abused repeatedly by an insane man, and had two children by the time she was 17. I wish her and her girls all the best.
  • Amazing...

    By 123taytay321
    This book is truly remarkable.
  • Wow

    By EGGPP
    Such a good book & powerful story!
  • A stolen life

    By Tidy tiff
    I was moved saddened and happy that this woman went through y’all that and still was a good person after the fact hope her and her family are doing great Deeply moving and worth the read I think it took me 3 days if not that to finish it and I read it to my newborn also she loved it too!
  • Wow, Amazing Book!

    By Tiffani_Ann
    I finished this book within hours. I couldn't stop reading until the end. Ever since I saw her interview, I really wanted to read her book. I had tears in my eyes a few times. It was very hard to read what she had to go through. This was an amazing book with an extremely beautiful ending.