Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

I read this book in one day.  It was short and filled with pictures and journal entries along with Jaycee's reflections on what happened to her along with a recounting of her abduction and subsequent life hidden away in Phillip and Nancy Garrido's backyard.  I was struck by how young she sounds but considering she was abducted at age 11 and not rescued until she was 29, this makes perfect sense.  Her story is compelling and I appreciated how she reported honestly but avoided sensationalizing and "blow by blow" accounting of events.  She managed to convey the horror of her situation but also her strength in getting through it and her desire to move forward now and to protect her children while giving them opportunities to grow and mature.   Her therapist must be a genius to help her through the ordeal and let her see a positive future.
Kim F

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