A Stolen Life: A Memoir

An rapid number 1 New York Times bestseller—Jaycee Dugard’s uncooked and robust memoir, her personal tale of being abducted in 1991 and held captive for greater than eighteen years.

In the summer season of June of 1991, i used to be a regular child. I did common issues. I had acquaintances and a mom that liked me. i used to be similar to you. until eventually the day my existence was once stolen.

For eighteen years i used to be a prisoner. i used to be an item for somebody to take advantage of and abuse. For eighteen years i used to be now not allowed to talk my very own identify. I grew to become a mom and used to be compelled to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an very unlikely situation.

On August 26, 2009, I took my identify again. My identify is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t examine myself as a sufferer, I easily survived an insupportable scenario. A Stolen lifestyles is my story—in my very own phrases, in my very own method, precisely as I commit it to memory.

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That's the final time I observed her prior to we moved to Tahoe. I posed for an image for her that day. I most likely appeared so goofy with my tongue out as she snapped the image. I omit her a lot instantaneously. She was once continually there whilst i used to be little. She taught me the way to make my first twist ponytail in my Barbies’ hair. while she moved out from my grandma and grandpa’s condo the place we lived jointly, she might nonetheless come and take me to her new position for a sleepover. our favourite motion picture to observe jointly is The Little Mermaid.

He advised me that every little thing will be ok and for me to not be scared simply because he could come again. i used to be so scared he wouldn’t go back for me and simply depart me right here eternally on my own. What may I do all alone and pregnant? I begin to cry. I inform him I don’t are looking to remain on my own, that i'm scared anything might take place. He persevered to assert he needed to cross ensure the apartment was once ok and he and Nancy will be again with whatever solid to devour. So he and Nancy left and that i heard the press of the lock. i attempted to go to sleep yet sleep wouldn't come.

I’ve particularly been neglecting it in recent times. I don’t relatively understand the place to start. I haven’t been first-class at following via in recent years. I simply can't locate the inducement i want. that's one other factor i need to alter. JUNE 2, 2002 I pass over her. i ponder what she thinks approximately. i ponder if she ever thinks approximately me. occasionally i'm hoping that she doesn’t simply because I don’t wish her to be unhappy and infrequently i ponder if she is happier that I’m no longer round anymore. I don’t like that suggestion! i've got these types of stories; a few are cloudy, yet they're all there in my head.

It’s tough to explain. My buddy used to be the previous Jessie and the hot mixed. She was once taller than me, which bugged me simply because starting to be up I had regularly been taller than her. She nonetheless had an identical lengthy darkish brown hair and he or she used to be thin similar to sooner than. She seemed quite a bit like her mother. once we permit pass of one another, she brought me to her daughter and that i brought my daughters. My mother and sister have been there, too, and we have been all hugging one another. Hugging Linda back used to be a superb feeling, too. transforming into up I had spent loads of time together with her.

I might see the opposite women with their sisters and couldn’t look ahead to the day while i'll introduce my little sister to them. Or if my sister used to be being picked on, as her older sister i'll come to the rescue and beat back all of the bullies. I had such a lot of plans for us, yet it all was once stolen away. whilst I observed my now grown-up little sister for the 1st time at age nineteen, i used to be surprised. She used to be so appealing and tall. She was once donning white that day. My first idea: i ponder if she’s a nurse? yet I realized later she wasn’t.

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