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Jaycee Dugard book sells 175,000 copies on first day

Rescued kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard's book, "A Stolen Life," sold 175,000 copies in its first day of release, publisher Simon & Schuster said on Wednesday.

The book, written by Dugard, went on sale July 12 and included print books, audiobooks narrated by Dugard and nearly 100,000 ebooks. "Stolen Life" set a new record for the publishing house for one-day ebook sales, Simon & Schuster said.

Dugard was kidnapped at the age of 11 by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and kept in captivity for 18 years where she was raped, handcuffed and gave birth to two girls fathered by Garrido.

She was rescued in northern California along with her two daughters in 2009, when Garrido aroused suspicion while on campus at a northern California university.

Dugard has since been reunited with the family that lost her in 1991 and she lives with her mother and her two children.

Garrido was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual assault. His wife, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years.

Her family has received a $20 million settlement through a state victims' compensation fund.

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    See images from the abduction and discovery of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped at the age of 11 in 1991 from outside her home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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    After being held against her will for 18 years, Jaycee Dugard told 'People' magazine that she's "so happy to be back with my family." In addition to the interview, the magazine featured on Oct. 14 the first photo of Dugard as a 29-year-old. She now lives in seclusion with her mom, Terry Probyn, 50, and the two daughters – Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 – fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido.

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    In this 1991 photo, an El Dorado County sheriff's deputy holds a photograph of Jaycee Lee Dugard, shortly after her kidnapping, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido confessed to snatching Dugard from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop in 1991; both were arrested. Dugard was reunited with her mother, sister and another relative on Aug. 27.

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    In this June 10, 1991, photo, Terry Probyn, mother of Jaycee Dugard, fights back tears before cutting a cake on Jaycee Lee's birthday just a few days after Jaycee was kidnapped in front of her stepfather, Carl Probyn, near their home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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    In this 1991 photo, FBI agents speak to passing motorists while investigating the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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    These undated handout photos show Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11 from near her home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. On Aug. 28, her stepfather described her as a "mellow" kid.

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    Nancy Garrido, second from left, and her husband Phillip, far right, are with their court-appointed attorneys, Gilbert Maines, left, and Susan Gellman, right, during their Aug. 28 arraignment on 29 felony counts stemming from the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard, in the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif. The couple pleaded not guilty to charges including forcible abduction, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

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    Mugshot photos of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who were arrested Aug. 27 in the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender who has served prison time for kidnapping and rape.

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    Makeshift tents and other structures fill the backyard where authorities say kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard spent 18 years in Antioch, Calif.

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    An FBI agent carries a bag of evidence from the Garrido home in Antioch, Calif., on Aug. 27.

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    An FBI agent inspects the car that was reportedly used in the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard as it is being impounded from the home of Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, in Antioch, Calif.

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    Jaycee Dugard was waiting for a school bus on June 10, 1991, on this road in South Lake Tahoe when she was abducted by a couple driving a gray sedan.

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  • Image: Carl Probyn, stepfather of Jaycee Lee Dugard

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    Carl Probyn, 60, stepfather of Jaycee Dugard, holds a photo of his stepdaughter at his home in Orange, Calif.

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"Stolen Life" covers the period from her abduction in 1991 to present day. The book was recently excerpted in People magazine.

"Clearly the book has touched a nerve," said Jonathan Karp, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster. "The comments we're seeing online indicate that readers are finding inspiration in Jaycee Dugard's strength and resilience."

Simon & Schuster said it has already gone back to press five times on "Stolen Life" for a total of 425,000 copies in print.

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