Jaycee Dugard's Story in Her Own Words

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Sep 27, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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A Glimpse Into the Jaycee Lee Dugard Mystery

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It will probably be a tough book to read, but the story of the life of Jaycee Dugard will hit the market sometime next year.  It is being written by Dugard herself.

Dugard is the young woman who was kidnapped at age 11 and then held captive for 18 years.  She had two daughters during that time. Both were fathered by her accused kidnapper Phillip Garrido.

The publisher Simon & Schuster announced Monday the book will cover her life  from the abduction to her current life now.

"When I read the pages, I was moved and inspired by the raw power of Jaycee Dugard's voice, her strength and her resilience," Simon & Schuster publisher and executive vice president Jonathan Karp said Monday.

Her memoir may come out before any trial begins. 

Last week, the judge in the case suspended criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido, citing worries about Garrido's mental state. Garrido faces 29 counts of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment in the disappearance of Dugard.

Judge Douglas Phimister said he's seen behavior from Phillip Garrido several times in court that was troubling.

"When someone either wants to go to trial for crazy reasons, or not go to trial for crazy reasons, that person is not competent," Susan Gellman, Garrido's attorney, said Friday. "And that's what we're talking about."

The case against Garrido's wife Nancy will move forward as scheduled. Nancy Garrido faces similar charges.

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