A Stolen Life - Jaycee Dugard

A Stolen Life

By Jaycee Dugard

  • Release Date: 2011-07-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 14,105 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.



  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Kgattz
    This book was amazing.
  • Powerful

    By sofieeeeeeeooxo
    There is parts that are hard to read, where you want to skip through the paragraphs because they are just so horrible you can’t believe it’s true. I admire her strength. I really enjoyed how she still remained to protect her girls in this book, while only sharing her experience in captivity and not speaking about the girls. I think she is a great mother for this any many other reasons. I feel heartbroken that the media is still invading her privacy something she’s waited so long to have. I feel incredibly lucky for my childhood after this read but I also feel happy for Jayce. I feel so proud of the woman she chose to become.
  • Incredible story of perseverance and growth

    By SadieB.
    As I read this book, my jaw dropped over and over again with each new piece of information that Jaycee shared about her captivity. Her strength and wisdom and will to live is incredible. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, Jaycee. 🤍
  • I was too severely traumatized and fed lies for 13 years

    I know a longtime friend of my dads who happened to be a doctor. His name is Larry Nassar. He gave my parents their first DVD player as a Christmas gift in 2001. When I was 1 1/2 my parents thought something was possibly wrong with me. They told that monster. Right after Beethoven Symphony of Fun came out on video and DVD, The Monster (Nassar) started feeding me lies like my parents are not worthy, that I can cheat and get away with it, the Brezner family were my birth parents when they are actually not and he told me for 13 years that my parents had adopted me, etc. He started traumatizing and sexually abusing me until a young woman named Ms. Maggie Nichols told me she was sexually abused for 3-4 years. This changed my mind and made me realize his true intentions. I helped her find a counselor while the police were investigating the Nassar case and if I didn’t help her, that Monster would be a free man and would still be abusing and feeding me lies today. Now that Nassar has his 60 years in prison back in mid 2018 and 40-175 year sentence in prison for abuse back in early 2019, I am free from this evil monster’s lies. Now I worry when I get married and have children that they will be kidnapped and/or sexually abused by someone they trust. I nowadays question if I should trust anyone.
  • 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.