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In its first day on shelves, Jaycee Dugard’s highly anticipated book, A Stolen Life, sold a total of 175,000 copies.
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Publishing house Simon & Schuster said today that the Tuesday, July 12, sales figure includes a combination of print books, audiobooks and ebooks. At nearly 100,000 copies, the wildly successful story broke the company’s record for one-day ebook sales, and it returned to press fives times for a total of 425,000 print copies. Initially slated for a 200,000 print run, 15,000 were added prepublication.
Following an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC, A Stolen Life shot to No. 1 on Amazon’s sales rankings the day before its scheduled release.
“Clearly, the book has touched a nerve,” said Simon & Schuster executive vp and publisher Jonathan Karp in a statement. “The millions of people who read the excerpt in People magazine and watched Jaycee Dugard’s interview with Diane Sawyer want to hear more of her voice on the page, and the comments we’re seeing online indicate that readers are finding inspiration in Jaycee Dugard’s strength and resilience.”
“We’re elated by the public response,” Karp exclusively tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We heard about the project from one of the best literary agents in the business, Morton Janklow, who invited us to his office to read a couple of chapters. We were deeply moved by Jaycee Dugard’s voice. It’s an extraordinary story. Did we know the bok would become a cultural phenomenon? Well, we certainly hoped it would!
What’s truly remarkable is that Jaycee Dugard wrote the book by herself, with no collaborator,” he adds. “She presented us with a complete manuscript and, once again, we were moved by the power of her voice. This is entirely her work, unfiltered, direct and raw.”
A Stolen Life chronicles Dugard’s 1991 abduction at 11 years old to the present day. Her frank narrative details life with her abductors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the birth of her two children and how it feels to be found.
Dugard also lends her voice to the unabridged audiobook.
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