Monday, August 29, 2011

A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped from her bus stop at 11 years old and held captive for 18 years during which time she was physically abused, raped, and controlled by the pedophile Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy. Here in her memoir, Jaycee describes how she lives to tell the tale and who she has become after her epic struggle. Most of the chapters are set up starting with telling of a horrendous incident from the perspective of her captivity when she was younger and then ends the chapter with a section where she talks about what happened from an adult, no longer captive perspective. This perspective removed the focal point from the horrors and placed it on her survivor's mindset. This book really is not a book about the abuse but instead how she grew into a strong, selfless woman despite her captivity. I congratulate Ms Dugard’s courageousness and dedication to not letting hatred and animosity take over her life.

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