'A Stolen Life,' a memoir written by Jaycee Dugard, a 31-year-old woman who was kidnapped by a paroled sex offender and held captive for 18 years during which time she was raped continuously, has become No.1 on Amazon's list of best-selling books.
'A Stolen Life' tells how Dugard spent 18 years of her life in horror, tears and loneliness.
Phillip and Nancy Garrido had kidnapped Dugard while she was on her way to school on June 10, 1991, and held her captive in their backyard for 18 years, during which time Phillip had repeatedly raped Dugard and had fathered two children through her. At the time Dugard was kidnapped, she was 11.
In August 2009, Dugard, along with her two daughters, was rescued by the authorities during a parole meeting, after she revealed her true identity to them.
Phillip, who pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and 12 counts of sexual assault, was sentenced to 431 years in prison by El Dorado Superior Court. His wife Nancy was sentenced to 36 years for her role in the crime, including kidnapping and one count of rape by force.
It has been almost two decades since Dugard was kidnapped on her way to school. During those 18 years, Dugard suffered a lot from Phillip Garrido's physical and sexual abuse. Dugard lived in despair and with pain in her heart till her first daughter was born.
Dugard, in her interview with ABCnews' Diane Sawyer, said the birth of her daughter did not make her feel lonely anymore and she learnt to get used to all kind of things.