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On the heels of a powerful interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC, Jaycee Dugard’s A Stolen Life: A Memoir has shot to No. 1 on Amazon’s sales rankings one day before the book’s official publication.
In the interview, which aired Sunday night and was seen by nearly 15 million viewers, Dugard finally broke her silence on her 18 years of captivity. She was kidnapped at age 11 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido and escaped only two years ago.
She revealed that the revels in her newfound freedom and wears a pinecone symbol around her neck as a reminder of the last thing she touched before she was kidnapped.
“Now, it’s a symbol of hope and new beginnings,” she told Sawyer. “And that there is life after something tragic.”
Here are five things to know about Dugard’s book, which Simon & Schuster releases Tuesday:
1. She says she wrote it without a ghostwriter. S&S publisher Jonathan Karp says: “I was moved and inspired by the raw power of Jaycee Dugard’s voice, her strength and her resilience. Dugard is pitching it as a story of survival. In the promo materials she writes, ‘I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.'”
2. S&S has closely guarded the full contents of the book. Reviewers get their copies Tuesday like everybody else. All we know so far comes from the short excerpt in People magazine and Sunday night’s Sawyer interview. But S&S promises the book covers everything from her 1991 abduction to the present, including the abuse she suffered at the hands of her captors, what it was like to give birth in an outdoor shed without medical assistance, how she tried to teach her daughters without any books and her tearful reunion with her family.
3. The first printing is 200,000, copies and Simon & Schuster has already printed another 15,000 to meet the initial demand.
4. Dugard is donating a portion of every sale to the JayC Foundation, which she founded to support families recovering from abductions and other traumatic experiences (jaycfoundation.com). The Foundation’s symbol is a pinecone.
5. Dugard herself does the reading for the audiobook version.
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