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A stolen life – Jaycee Lee Dugard

August 22, 2011

Recently interviewed on television, Jaycee Dugard tells her own incredible story of survival in the book “A Stolen Life,” available from the library now.

Jaycee was an attractive 11-year-old girl on her way to school, when she was tasered and snatched by two strangers. Dugard suffered unspeakably at the hands of her kidnappers, Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy. But she survived 18 years of captivity.

The book is more than just a horror story with a recovery at the end – although it is that – because Dugard’s survival shows such extraordinary fortitude. “I don’t believe in hate,” she writes. “To hate wastes too much time. People who hate waste so much of their life hating that they miss out on all the other stuff out here…. if all my heart were filled up with hate and regrets and what-ifs, then what else would it have room for?” 

That perspective makes this book worth reading.  If you can bear it…

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