From the very first split-second of its much-anticipated release date, Jaycee Dugard’s riveting, compelling, harrowing, and relentlessly unflinching autobiography, A Stolen Life, has dominated just about every non-fiction best-seller list in the English-reading universe. For every good reason: In her own authentic style and voice, which her publishers wisely left largely unedited, Jaycee Dugard painstakingly, bravely recreates the events of her eighteen years in captivity—from the moment Phillip and Nancy Garrido stun-gunned her, draped her in a blanket, and whisked her away from her South Lake Tahoe school bus stop to the magic moment on August 25, 2009, when investigators found and liberated her.
A Stolen Life - A Story Of Courage And Determination
Although the broad outlines of Jaycee Dugard’s story are fairly well-known, she fills-in the minute details, often with excruciating attention to precise representation of exactly what happened to her. Jaycee Dugard’s courage and determination show in both the substance and the style of her narrative. Consistent with her memorable statement to Diane Sawyer, "Why not look at it? You know, stare it down until it can't scare you anymore. I didn't want there to be any more secrets…I hadn't done anything wrong. It wasn't something I did that caused this to happen. And I feel that by putting it all out there, it's very freeing," Jaycee Dugard recreates harrowing, horrifying sexual atrocities and all kinds of degradation with such candor she literally raises the hairs on the backs of readers’ necks. “Her story and her character demand nothing less,” observes Megan Keitel, an Arizona State University freshman. “If she can stand the whole truth and nothing but, then so should we,” who says A Stolen Life made her cherish everything about the safety and comfort of home.
In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin aptly writes, “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. A Stolen Life is brave, dignified and painstakingly honest, even when it comes to the banal particulars of how she stayed afloat.”
More than 100 prominent parent and family bloggers have included “Share A Stolen Life with your daughter” on their lists of five urgent priorities before your children return to school, most of them bold-facing or italicizing their statements. The book, the woman, and the story have earned the emphasis the bloggers award. Read more about the Jaycee Dugard story: Jaycee Dugard's autobiography, A Stolen Life, forges bonds between mothers and daughters.