Jaycee Dugard to Break Silence About Her Kidnapping in Memoir 'A Stolen Life'

PHOTO: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.Handout
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.

Jaycee Dugard, who spent 18 years in captivity, will break her silence in a memoir this summer entitled "A Stolen Life," publisher Simon & Schuster announced today.

Dugard, now 31, was kidnapped by Phillip and wife Nancy Garrido when she was 11 years old and kept in sheds and tents in their backyard for nearly two decades. She bore two daughters with Phillip Garrido, a convicted sex offender who remains in custody and has plead guilty to charges of kidnapping and rape.

Dugard has stayed mostly out of sight since she was identified by the police and reunited with her family in 2009.

But Dugard will tell the "full story of her ordeal in the book" that is set for release on July 12, the publisher said.

"In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now since she was found," Simon & Schuster said in a statement.

Dugard's two daughters live with her.

Garrido previously served 10 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman in California in the 1970's.

California parole officers assigned to periodically check on Garrido because of his record as a sex offender never noticed the girl who was living in a network of tents and sheds in Garrido's back yard.