In the follow-up to her number-one best-selling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.
When Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than 18 years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment.
A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee's life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next.
"How do you rebuild a life?" Jaycee asks.
In this book she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grown-up sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters' first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend's wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship.
This raw and inspiring book will remind listeners that there is, as Jaycee writes, "life after something tragic happens.... Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness, and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take."
©2016 Jaycee Dugard (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
I have always found the story of Jaycee Dugard fascinating, and as soon as I heard that she had written this I wanted to read it. I wanted to hear all about the adjustment to freedom and all the juicy details those dramatic changes must have involved. I did not however find those things here. I enjoyed listening to her book and I am not bothered by her narration. She still sounds like a little girl reading, especially at the beginning. She does tell stories of some of her therapy (and she seems amazingly well adjusted) and she tells of flying alone on a plane, doing her first horse show, going on vacation to Ireland, working in a remote village with a church group etc. She has certainly done more interesting things than I have, but I would have been even more interested in hearing about her daughters adjustment to the new family structure and a free life. She does not however say anything but the vaguest things about her unnamed daughters. I totally understand this - she is leaving it as their story to tell not hers - but still I felt disappointed not to get more info on that.
I realize that this is not a fictional book and Jaycee is not a trained writer but I was expecting more in this book. it was a little like reading a child's dairy. No disrespect intended at all and I don't claim to understand what she went through because I don't but for some reason I felt something was missing. I'm sure my critique won't hurt her feelings though...she's a tough girl....and an inspiration.
Lack luster. It should of been titled a journal. I was hoping to a follow up to how her daughters and herself are doing without the cringe worthy ten year old voice.
I find you amazing, strong, beautiful, intelligent. I could go on and on. You have not allowed anything bring you down. I still cannot believe that the neighbors never suspected or saw anything, how can that be?!!! I hope that, because all this happened in antioch, you hate my town. I read your first book and cried imagining all the suffering you encountered. I hate that guy with my heart and hope he burns in hell. I feel for your mom, I will never be able to imagine or measure her pain. I love this book too. In it you show a little of you now and a lot of you as a little girl. You are so blessed.
it is such an honor to be able to share in what you have gotten to experience in your new found freedom. I'm am personally so very impressed with your willingness to share with us all the funny, witty and just plain silly things you've experienced. you're so very fortunate to be able to travel and see so much of this world that many of us don't have the opportunity to see and experience. thank you for taking us with you on your adventures and sharing those experiences. you're an amazing young woman with an amazing outlook on life and experiences. I'm grassroots to have been able to listen to you as you describe your experiences. thank you for sharing with us!!!! May good bless you within all the days of your life! You're amazing and I'm so humbled.
This book was wonderful. She shares what it was like for her, her daughters and mother. Learning to trust again and learning to love the goodness after such pain. Thank you for allowing us to love you, Jaycee. I wish you love and happiness and I thank you for your honesty. Your book made me cry, smile, laugh and appreciate my life and freedom. :)
Yes because I was inspired by the attitude Jaycee presented.
The epilogue of Hope by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. All three have a let's see what tomorrow brings attitude
When Jaycee got her dog, Bull
Hope is born from darkness
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