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Dugard book generating interest but scarce to find in Auburn area

By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
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Downtown Auburn business owner Katherine Santiago lived in the North Lake Tahoe area when Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped while waiting for the school bus in 1991 in South Lake Tahoe. She’s followed the story from the initial search to the discovery that Dugard was alive in Antioch 18 years later. Now Santiago is looking forward to reading Dugard’s book, “A stolen life: A Memoir,” which is in bookstores today. “I’ll probably read it as soon as possible,” said Santiago, who owns Creative Urges on Lincoln Way. “ Santiago recalled how, as time went by after the kidnapping, hope of locating the missing 11-year-old alive and well dimmed. “After several months, other stories came up and most people assumed she was gone,” Santiago said. Then, when the news came in 2009 of Dugard’s discovery “it was amazing,” she said. “It was really hard to believe someone could survive something like that for as long as she did.” According to media reporting, during her years with kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido, Dugard lived in sheds in their backyard and gave birth to two daughters by Phillip Garrido. He was sentenced June 2 to 431 years in prison. Nancy Garrido received a 36-years-to-life sentence. The book was released Tuesday and copies were scarce by noon. In Auburn, Target received seven copies of Dugard’s book and all were sold by mid-morning, according to manager Tim Brown. The next delivery to the store is (Wednesday), but Brown was not sure if that delivery would include more copies of the book and how many there might be. At Barnes & Nobel on Galleria Boulevard in Roseville, the only copies left by early afternoon were ones on hold for customers, according to Nathan Spradlin, community relations manager. “This morning we had a beautiful display but as the day has gone by, that display is completely gone,” Spradlin said. “It was gone by about noon and we had an ample amount of books there, too. It is interesting how the book is resonating with the community. We anticipated a large response. It was a situation where the community did not fail in meeting our expectation and going beyond.” The Book Haven in Downtown Auburn didn’t have any copies Tuesday, but will get a few in the next few days, owner Shelle Parsons said. Parsons said she didn’t get any pre-order requests for the book and doesn’t plan to read it herself. “I’m not interested in the book (even though it happened close by),” she said. “You’ll never know exactly what happened and I’m not comfortable with that kind of story.” Those hoping to check out the book at the Auburn Library will have to wait a few days, but it is on order. “I haven’t had anyone ask about it,” library clerk Tom Wolfe said Monday. “I‘m guessing there will be rocketing interest and we’re trying to get out ahead of it. The Diane Sawyer appearance is probably the biggest boost.” Sawyer’s interview with Dugard aired Sunday on ABC. Wolfe is interested enough in the book that “I’ll probably skim read it,” he said. “But I don’t plan to put it on hold and keep it from those who really want to read it.” Branch manager Terri Pilate said normally books appear on the shelf as they are published, but the delay in this case is because the library didn’t place an order for the past couple of months. After it appears in the catalog, requesters can put a hold on it at the library website, placer.ca.gov/library. Pilate said she prefers fiction to nonfiction, but plans to take a look at Dugard’s book. “It is of local interest so I am definitely interested in it,” she said. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com