After writing a best-seller about her 18 years in captivity, Jaycee Lee Dugard is working on a book about the joys and challenges that followed.
Simon & Schuster announced earlier this month that it has acquired Dugard’s “Freedom: My Book of Firsts,” scheduled to be released July 12. The book will focus on her “first experiences” after the ordeal ended.
In a related story, the federal government cannot be held responsible Dugard’s 1991 abduction and subsequent 18 years in captivity, an appeals court said Tuesday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Dugard’s lawsuit alleging federal parole officials should have revoked her abductor’s parole well before he kidnapped her, but failed to do their jobs.
Phillip Garrido was on parole following his conviction on kidnapping and forcible rape charges when he and his wife Nancy abducted 11-year-old Jaycee from a South Lake Tahoe street and kept her captive in a backyard compound in Antioch. Garrido repeatedly raped her and fathered two daughters with her.
Dugard was identified and rescued in 2009 after Garrido took her and the girls to a meeting with his parole officer. She described her ordeal in the 2011 release “A Stolen Life.”
Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years to life for kidnapping and rape. His wife Nancy was sentenced to 36 years to life.
Dugard and her children have received a $20 million settlement from the state of California.
Speaking about her new book, Dugard said in a Simon & Shuster news release, “There is life after something tragic happens. Life doesn’t have to end if you don’t want it to. It’s all in how you look at it. Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take.”