Simon & Schuster
On Sale: July 12, 2011
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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.
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