What Jaycee Dugard Read
A fascinating look at the books that Jaycee Dugard read during her 18 years of captivity
What did Jaycee Dugard read during her years of captivity? From my experience of working in a library, I know that the books people choose to read say a lot about them. Women who eat up romance novels are permanent believers in love, whether or not they have it in their own life. Middle-aged guys who are consumed by war sagas either want to relive their experiences or imagine the ones they never had. Most people read to escape their world – and a look at many books Jaycee Dugard read during her 18 years in Philip Garrido‘s squalid compound shows that she’s no different.
But there’s one novel that doesn’t provide an escape, and a photograph shows it on top of a dilapidated nightstand in the compound: Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost, a fantasy chronicle published last year. It’s about a teenage girl traveling through an imaginary kingdom, and a “brothel” where customers go to drain the vitality of young children until the kids have no soul left. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see the parallels with Jaycee’s own horrifying situation. (Frost told the Philadelphia Examiner he was “appalled” that the book was in Jaycee’s living quarters.)