Dugard's memoir, "A Stolen Life," is released today and has already topped bestseller lists.
If you've been watching the news lately, you've probably seen one of Jaycee Lee Dugard's many interviews publicizing her new memoir, "A Stolen Life," which comes out today.
Dugard's story has captivated the American public ever since she leaped into headlines in 2009. Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 in 1991 and held by husband and wife Phillip and Nancy Garrido in their backyard for 18 years. She had two children with Phillip Garrido, a girl named Starlite when she was 14 and a girl named Angel when she was 17. In 2009, Dugard was finally reunited with her family and removed from the Garrido's control when she and her daughters attracted the attention of a security guard on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
In the eyes of many, what made this story particularly disturbing was the fact that Phillip Garrido had raped and kidnapped another girl in the 1970's, and was on parole when he kidnapped and raped Dugard. Dugard and her children lived in the Garrido's backyard in California for 18 years, despite numerous reports from neighbors about suspicious activity at the house. Dugard and her family were eventually awarded $20,000,000 from the state of California for the physical and psychological damage they suffered due to police negligence in failing to conduct thorough checks on Garrido while he was on parole.
Dugard's memoir, coming in at just under 300 pages, was not written by a ghostwriter. She wrote the memoir herself. The book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, told the Hollywood Reporter that Jaycee's voice is raw and powerful because Jaycee does not see herself as a victim, but as a survivor. Dugard will be reading the audio version of the book herself, which will likely be a further draw for listeners.