A Stolen Life: A Memoir

An immediate number one 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 time of June of 1991, i used to be a regular child. I did basic issues. I had associates and a mom that liked me. i used to be similar to you. until eventually the day my existence used to be stolen.

For eighteen years i used to be a prisoner. i used to be an item for somebody to exploit 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 most unlikely situation.

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

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Is lifestyles worthy residing just because you reside, or is it worthy extra when you make existence occur? What when you have no selection within the subject? might be you need to make existence occur if it is strong or undesirable; you are making the alternatives on your lifestyles and feature to reside with the results of your offerings. Did i've got a decision “that day”? may possibly i've got selected to stick domestic from college? i'd were punished, yet my lifestyles do not need replaced so thoroughly because it did. might i select to be the following despite everything’s that occurred? JULY five, 2004 It seems like I’m sinking. I’m afraid i need keep watch over of my lifestyles. this can be purported to be my existence to do with what i love, yet once more he [Phillip] has taken it away. what number instances is he allowed to take it clear of me? I’m afraid he doesn’t see how the object he says makes me a prisoner. Does he are looking to see it? I’ve been taking into consideration her much in recent times. i do know it is going to take only a few clicks, i may see her. i have to see her. So, what’s preventing me? i believe I’m afraid to take step one simply because i do know i couldn't pass any farther with it. And that may harm me. I’m this kind of coward! I hate being afraid. Why don’t i've got keep watch over of my lifestyles! i think now I can’t also be certain my innovations are my very own. I can’t even relatively seek advice from him [Phillip] approximately whatever i believe simply because he'll simply imagine the angels are controlling me. I don’t are looking to burden him with what I’m feeling. Why may still I even care if I damage him, he has damage me! I simply can’t do it again. I can’t be like them. SEPTEMBER four, 2004 I’m simply surging with anger without delay. I can’t aid it. i feel what he did is inaccurate. Why couldn’t he only once provide in and never be so controlling! It is helping to write down those emotions down. I can’t consult him. He overpowers me together with his phrases very quickly. Then there’s the truth that I can’t placed what I’m attempting to say within the correct method. What i need to claim by no means comes out the best way I envision it in my head. Why is that? i ponder if i may have avoided the struggle via going available in the market myself, having said that perhaps he could have instructed me an identical issues. If I instructed him any of my emotions he may instantly inform me “the angels are controlling you. ” i would like him to provide me the liberty to speak to him, yet at once that’s not likely to ensue. So i'll simply permit those emotions circulation via me and out this pencil. It’s bizarre, yet I already believe the strain leaving me and shortly i'm going to in basic terms be left with the reminiscence of tonight to consider and examine, reconsider, and are available to a end approximately what to do. probably the stress is leaving me simply because I’m not round him; I’m out right here in my very own house. i like my tent! It’s my very own house to do with as I want. once I see him back, all i need to do is inform him how mistaken he used to be to do this. yet he'll by no means take accountability for what he does. It’s regularly a person else’s fault, the angels now generally. If I faced him, he might simply imagine I’m being managed to assert this stuff via the angels and that may get me nowhere. occasionally I want i'll reside very distant from him [Phillip]; occasionally I dream approximately it.

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