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. chieko

    Who is really going to make the $ from this?

    May 10, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      I hope that jaycee makes money from this, but i think i heard she got allot of money from somewhere( i dont remember where) so if she is not in need of the money then maby shes just doing this to help others in some way

      May 10, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Npbard

      Dont really think money is the deciding factor nor do I believe Jaycee is writing this book for anyone other then herself. After all, how many people would benefit from her experience? Not too many people have experienced what she experienced...basically, it's probably cathartic for her and her alone. Life for her must be pretty miserable. Say a prayer or two for her...

      May 10, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • blossum

      so what if she makes money? What is wrong with that?

      May 10, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • r

      I think she is doing it for herself but also it ensures she has enough money to pay all the mental health treatment she is needing, all the care her children will need etc. Without the latter I don't believe she would be doing it.

      May 10, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Giancarlo

    I don't think she is doing this for the money. She received 20 million from the state. She is doing this for the people to learn the hell that she went through and how the state let her down by releasing this pedophile before his time. To all of you haters, yes, I am interested in reading her story, if you are not, well then don't buy it. Thank you and have a very nice day.....

    May 10, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Its apart of therapy.....

      May 10, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MLB

      The state didn't just let her down... it failed her miserably! Not only did he not serve as much time as he should have... His parole/probation officer failed to follow up on complaints and had even done home visits while Jaycee was there. She should have been found LOOONG before she was. In short, I think she deserves every penny she got – and then some.

      And i'm not attacking your post – just adding to it 🙂

      May 10, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • totallyfailed

      No, she is doing it for the money, and to stay in the news to stretch out that 15 minutes of fame. CNN is the best place to do that!

      May 10, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • LgMcB


      I don't think she's searching for that 15 minutes of fame. Notice when there are news stories about her – they use her photo from the age she was when she was taken. She's not trying to be famous. A lot of people are interested in her perspective on what happened and this is her way of doing it that is probably cathartic as well as still private – i.e. her face not all over every news or talk show. I would wager she would rather have her life back to do over than any revenue from this book.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Try some reality

      @totallyfailed.....wow, you certainly live up to your name. You are a total failure.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big Paulie

    They did this book already, it's called "The Collector."

    May 10, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. BruDog

    Who cares if she makes money on this? It isn't like she did anything wrong.
    If the two pedophiles make money on this, then there would be something wrong.
    I would like to think there will be a special kind of hell for people like this.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    Good for you, Ms. Dugard.

    This book will make you a millionaire, and deservedly so.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Carol

    I will be very interested in reading her book. I just can't imagine what she went through.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. CSM

    It was not 18 YEARS. It was months.

    May 10, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Npbard

      Do you live under a rock? The tragedy of the story, biggest tragedy, is that it was indeed 18 years ... There were mistakes after mistakes made with the agency expected to check up on her psycho kidnapper ... That is why today she has money ... What good is it to her?

      May 10, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DRM

      Um...It was 18 YEARS. Not months

      May 10, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • MsV

      Ummm, You must be DYSLEXIC....it was 18 years not Months! The entire time a child enters elementary school and graduates a senior in high school! That is a VERY long TIME.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • EPB

      CSM: I( think you meant to reply to another article. If not, crawl back into your hole.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jane

    hey CSM can you read? She was kidnapped at 11 and rescued at 29 – that's 18 YEARS. Her childhood and all that goes with it like school, parties, proms, football games, dating, etc. was stolen from her. She's already a millionaire from the payment from the state of CA but this woman deserves every penny she can get. Put yourself or imagine your female relatives enduring the horrors of her past. And having to raise the 2 daughters of her rapist? I can't imagine how she survived. I couldn't have.

    May 10, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. she

    If Sarah Palin can write a book , anyone else can!

    May 10, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Herb H

      DID Palin actually WRITE a book??????

      Lord knows that she can barely read one....

      May 10, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. teremist

    Jaycee had 18 years in hell. Anything she wants to do, is fine with me. God Bless her and her children.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. KY

    Why would CA give her millions of $$?

    May 10, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • LgMcB

      Because they failed in doing due diligence many times that could have resulted in her being found much earlier than 18 years after her abduction.

      I don't get why people would begrudge this poor girl/woman anything that might help her heal what has happened to her.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • EPB

      California paid her $$ because:
      1. Garrido was released without adequate supervision which lead to her abduction.
      2. She lived behind the house while California law enforcement officials failed to inspect Garrido's living conditions which would have uncovered JC.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Fran

      Uhhh..they totally dropped the ball on investigating and following up on her captors while the whole time, she was visibly "living" with them in captivity...they owe her alot more than $20 mil.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. totallyfailed

    "A Stolen Life" - A memoir by Ghost Writer.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • you are a total failure

      It's idiots like you that are the problem in this country. You're hating on a girl for making money off a book based on her traumatic experience because you think she's just being a money grubbing girl... so sorry that your life is so insignificant and useless that you have to come online to comment and bash someone's life because your life isn't worth the $$. She went through torture and managed to survive... I'm sure the worst you ever went through was a beating or maybe losing a video game...

      May 10, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • lol (@ totallyfailed)

      "An Accident Child" – written by totallyfailed, foreward by Bob Saget.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Try some reality

      "A Total A$s H0!e" – written by totallyfailed, forward by Osama bin Laden.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Barbara

    This is a sad story. It probably is going to help her learn to live with her memories. Her life was basically stolen from her. I hope she and the children see a profit from this.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. teresa, snOhio

    I'm glad SHE wrote the book and not someone else telling the story from notes and other sources. I think this story from Jaycee could really open awareness on the publics part and the police / authorities parts. She could give some insight here
    as to how this was able to go on so long and how she survived.

    i hope she makes a billion dollars and finds peace and love in her life. she deserves it.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pat

    I wonder why we never hear about her stepfather, who was spent 18 years as a "person-of-interest" and prime suspect in Jaycee's disappearance, lost his marriage, and had his life ruined too.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
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