A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life

A Memoir

Book - 2011 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The memoir of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991 from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California, when she was 11 years old. She was held prisoner by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido. She was held captive by the Garridos for over eighteen years, all the while living in a tent on the Garrido property. During her captivity she gave birth to two children fathered by Garrido. She reappeared in 2009, and now tells her story, speaking for the first time about her kidnapping and the life that was taken from her.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451629194
Call Number: 364.154092 D8663s 2011
Characteristics: xii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


From Library Staff

We all read the headlines, and now you can hear Jaycee Dugard's own account of the kidnapping and rescue that made her name a household word.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Sep 28, 2020

It's every parent's worst nightmare: while walking to catch her school bus in the morning, eleven year old Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped by a pedophile with a stun gun. She was held captive for 18 years before escaping. Using her own words, Jaycee tells her horrifying story in this poignant memoir. The writing is very simple, clear and easy to read (remember that she only has a grade-school education).

Aug 04, 2019

A horrifying story of abduction and captivity. She is a remarkable woman who tells her story in simple language and is graphic about the abuse she suffered.

Oct 21, 2016

Loved this book and the way Jaycee has used it for healing herself and growing stronger. Her reflections on her memories and what she now knows as truth is encouraging and shows hope in a hopeless situation. Its a tough subject and may not be a good read for everyone, but if you can face the terrible facts, it is an encouraging book to see her triumph over her situation.

Jul 14, 2016

Great book to read although difficult to accept what happened to her and 18 years of it too.. Watching her interviewed made me read this book and I think it was well told and she is a remarkable individual. Certainly will think of her whenever I feel like I have had something bad happen to me. She is inspirational.

Jul 10, 2016

I give this book 4.5 stars. The language is simple, probably because Ms. Dugard was not able to get any formal education during her 18 years of captivity. But she tells her story straight-forward like and is brutally honest. This book would be excellent for young girls, I'd say 8th grade and up. I listened to the author reading her book and it was excellent to hear her story in her own voice! I highly recommend listening.

Dec 28, 2015

Very much agree with previous comments about how graphic her description of events that happened to her are.... It is extremely difficult to read. An eye opener to her life and the circumstances in which she came to write this account of her experiences. Not for an individual looking for sunshine and rainbows in their down time.

I thought this book was so sad! How could a human being be treated that way?!? I really wish this book was fake but yet its real. Cant believe what people do in this world.

Oct 17, 2014

I have only listened to parts of this while drifting off to sleep, (Hubby listens to audio books while I read in bed) definitely one that I must get back to someday. I just cannot imagine........wow.

Dimmu16 Aug 20, 2014

A heartbreaking novel and Jaycee was so brave to tell her story to the world. It must have been so hard for her.

dairyqueen Jun 13, 2014

Very inspirational. Jaycee is a remarkable person.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Apr 27, 2020

pink_panda_3203 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Feb 03, 2015

danni7514 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Dimmu16 Aug 20, 2014

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Mar 25, 2014

jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

ampaisley Feb 12, 2013

ampaisley thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add Notices
Dimmu16 Aug 20, 2014

Sexual Content: Jaycee describes some of the sexual abuse from her kidnapers.

Dimmu16 Aug 20, 2014

Violence: Jaycee's Kidnappers were also abusive towards her and others.

Dimmu16 Aug 20, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book is very Intense.

Dimmu16 Aug 20, 2014

Coarse Language: Jaycee's kidnappers swore a lot in this novel.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MCL

To Top