Monday, September 19, 2011
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard is the first person account of what it is like to be abducted. Kidnapped June 10 of 1991 at the age of eleven, Jaycee recounts her experiences with Phillip & Nancy Garrido. Forced to become a sex slave for the pedophiles, she is held captive for 18 years and gives birth to two daughters before her seventeenth birthday. It's not until years later that one small mistake on behalf of Phillip, allows the truth to come forward. Finally, the world knows where Jaycee Dugard has been all these years. And finally, after eighteen years, she is allowed to say her real name and to tell her girls that she is not their sister, but in fact their mother.
While in captivity Jaycee and her daughters are forced to live in small shed-like houses and tents in the hidden second back yard of Phillip's mother's house. Their entire world consisted of just this back yard until eventually Phillip allows them to go on outings with Nancy.
A Stolen Life tells how Jaycee has been reunited with her family: the first phone call home to her mother after all those years, finding a sister who she doted on but who can't remember her because she was just a baby when Jaycee was kidnapped, and the reunion with a special aunt and some old friends from school. Jaycee tells her readers how difficult it is to deal with the media after reunification and how a certain therapist has been crucial to changing the effects of the manipulation she has been through.
Posted by Tabitha Short at 8:33 AM