Jaycee Dugard memoir set for July release
Jaycee Dugard's "A Stolen Life" will be released this summer.
May 9th, 2011
04:14 PM ET

Jaycee Dugard memoir set for July release

Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years after her kidnapping by a California couple at age 11, will release a memoir telling "the full story of her ordeal" this summer, the book's publisher said Monday.

Dugard's "A Stolen Life," due in stores July 12, will cover the period from her 1991 abduction to the present, publisher Simon & Schuster said.

"In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now since she was found," the publisher said in a news release.

Monday's announcement comes less than two weeks after Phillip Garrido, 60, and Nancy Garrido, 55, pleaded guilty to Dugard’s kidnapping and sexual assault. Both are expected to receive life prison terms at a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 2.

Dugard was 29 when authorities found her in August 2009 in a hidden compound behind the Garridos' home in Antioch, California, about 120 miles from where she grew up. Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender on parole at the time of his 2009 arrest, sexually assaulted Dugard and fathered two daughters with her during her captivity, authorities said.

Dugard, now 31, was kidnapped in 1991 from the street in front of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California.

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  1. Wordsar


    May 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Blake T
      It's "you're"
      I was being quite positive in my comment. This book will be more damaging for her than good. Write in a journal, talk to family and trusted friends, but not in a book. It's absolutely no way to get closure.
      Your entire reply shows your educational and maturity levels are both lacking tremendously.

      May 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Weix, Palm City FL

      "This book will be more damaging for her than good."
      LOL...The world needs more experts like you. NOT!

      May 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      JC, I've seen you correct Blake T's spelling twice now, yet your own posts have spelling and grammar errors in them. Sometimes people make typing errors, as you did. If you expect us to cut you some slack in that area then I think it's only fair to cut Blake T some slack also. Disagree with him all you want, but don't be the pot calling the kettle black when it comes to spelling.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      So even though it has been proven that everybody reacts to situations differently, handles situations differently, deals with stress differently, you "know for sure" that she will not get closure, you "know for sure" your way is the only way..really? And you had the nerve to tell someone "they obviously they have a lack of education and maturity"? Pot...pot...the kettle is calling you...Typical arrogance. All you had to say is "for me writing a book wouldn't being me closure" but instead you chose to arrogantly tell eveyrone you knew how and what Ms. Dugard needed to recover. Do you reallize how many professionals Ms. Dugard has had the oppertunity to talk to? Do you realize that her doctors and counslers thought writing the book would be good for her? Do you realize how much better she feels now that she has written the book and answered questions that people would never leave her alone about? Of course not, you just sit there in your trailer, on your folding chaiir, with the stench of stale cigarette smoke and unclean cat pans wafting through the house proclaiming that you "know" what is good for someone you have never even met. You might want to get some counsleing yourself.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Try some reality

      Thank you, Elisabeth. You saved me quite a bit of typing. 🙂

      May 10, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • roda

      love it, thank you for that. none of us suffered what she did, so how can any of us know how to comment?

      May 10, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • writer

      How can you POSSIBLY know what's good for her? This isn't anything any of us have experienced. There isn't even a handbook on "how to have closure when you've been kidnapped for 18 years" - I think she's doing what's right for HER. Geez, if you ask me, she's been doing a pretty damn good job. Girl is amazing after what she's been through.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank - (R-Ohio)

    Then they say castration would be cruel and unusual punishment for a for someone like this. Yet he'll be a burden to the taxpayer till his dying days. He'll (at 60), learn nothing from the system other than he'll get "three free meals a day", "free basketball and weight lifting", "free TV for life", "free medical care", ect. ect. Then they call him a father? A biological father, and that's about it.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank - (R-Ohio)

    Some dad's would'nt never let this happen to thier daughters. After this guy would get whacked, then they'd go to work on him.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • gdssd

      He will get his in prison. GUARANTEED

      May 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • beachy


      May 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      So it's her dad's fault she was kidnapped? And after he was "whacked" who would go to work on him? If he was "whacked" wouldn't he be dead? What kind of "work" do you do to a dead person? Are you sure you didn't mean you are "whacked".....I mean, just checking....good luck with all that.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    Ciao, Hagen!
    Come stai?

    May 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy


    No decent father would let this happen to his daughter! She was *kidnapped*!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    I know. 😉

    May 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gabe

    Oh so it wouldn't be that bad if she had to testify against the kidnappers anyways, she already wrote a whole book about it!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      Oh because writing a book and testifying about hideous things that happened to you while sitting about 10 feet across from the man who did it, while he is staring at you is the same as writing a book? Come on...please tell me that you were kidding??? Sitting there and explaining in horrific and explicit detail, every little thing that was done to you, while the animal who did it, a packed court room, cameras rolling, broadcasting to millions of people, are all hanging on every word you say, is just like sitting home in the safety and calm of your house, where nobody will stare at you, judge you, or harass you while you write a book…right.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. KRS1

    That didn't take long.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • KLDGBB

      After what she went through, she deserves to tell her story as she wants and make some money off it if she can

      May 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      I know huh...who does she think she is Ms. Money Grubber..the day after she was found she should have been out looking for a job along with her two daughters. How dare her write a book and make any money doing it. In fact..why do we even have books....shouldn't everybody be out looking for work instead of writing books? They are a waste of time. Library's cost too much to run anyway..let’s get rid of them too. We don't need books which means we don't need library's, which means we don't need authors who write the books, which means Ms. Dugard should work at McDonalds instead of writing a book. Which means that...This has all come together because of Donald Trump.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sympathetic reader

    Good for you, Jaycee. I for one will buy your book. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sympathetic reader

    KRS1 "That didn't take long."

    You think? It's been two long years of healing.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Dawn

      Perhaps the comment was intended to point out that it didn't take the trolls long to suggest that somehow Ms. Dugard is on the wrong.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Randall

    I was in Tahoe when this happened to you Jaycee... I helped your mom Terry by raising money to print the flyers to try to find you. Many many many people are filled with love for you, and so very happy you were found.

    Bless you and your family. Your Mom is so lucky to have you back in this world.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sheila

    She definitely deserved to make money off of this; I would buy her book just to support her. Unlike when people like Palin and Bush write books – blech.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Esteban Bernal

    Good thing she was found... alive.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Now this is something I'm gonna take the time to read. I can't wait for it to come out... (:

    May 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Daniel

    She is most certainly not the one writing the book. It will be a ghost writer. She is uneducated.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.B.

      That's not true. Her publicist said that Jaycee wrote it herself without a ghostwriter.

      May 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bluegrass Geek

      She is not uneducated. She was kidnapped from the bus stop after school, she was home schooled after being kidnapped, and her children were home-schooled. The kids may not have recieved the education they deserved, but they aren't uneducated, and neither is she.

      May 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      My daughter is 11 and she can write at a level above the reading level of many adults. Besides, writing something doesn't mean that you have to deprive yourself of editors and proofreaders.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElisabethinCA

      @Daniel, Could you be any more arrogant.. "She is most certainly not writing this book she is uneducated" She DID write the book HERSELF. She can read and write. She isn't uneducated. She was deprived of a lot but read anything she could get her hands on as well as the home schooling she gave her children. Why do people think they "just know" the way someone is when they have never met them and know absolutely nothing about them. I will never understand that. And what’s really sad is someone in her family, her mother, her children, or even she has probably come on this website and read some of the awful things people have said. But nobody cares; they will go on writing ugly things about others. They like to be nasty because they can. They get off on trashing others. We live in a sick, sick world.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
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