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by Elizabeth Smart

MY STORY by Elizabeth Smart

For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, My Story, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

Elizabeth Ann Smart is an American activist and president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. She first gained widespread attention at age fourteen when she was kidnapped from her home and rescued nine months later.

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· MY STORY by Elizabeth Smart has debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List for the week of October 27th! The book is #5 on the Print Hardcover Non-Fiction List, #1 on the E-book List, and #2 on the Combined Print & E-Book List. It also is #4 on USA Today’s Bestseller List for October 13th!

In the week since we submitted final material to you for Elizabeth Smart’s memoir, MY STORY, there has been an incredible amount of new coverage.

Elizabeth has appeared on CNN/The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. View it here:http://situationroom.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/14/smart-in-my-mind-who-was-going-to-stop-them-from-killing-me-my-family/?hpt=sr_mid

WNYC/”The Leonard Lopate Show”: Listen to full interview here:


And, KUER/”RadioWest”: Listen online:


Also, Elizabeth Smart’s outstanding interview with NPR's Tell Me More is their “Faith Matters” special segment for this week. Listen to her in conversation with Tell Me More's Michele Martin here:


In print, The New Yorker has run a major profile piece on “the extraordinary resilience of Elizabeth Smart”. Read it here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/10/21/131021fa_fact_talbot

U.S. News & World Report’s feature/interview can be read here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/10/11/10-years-later-elizabeth-smart-opens-up-about-her-kidnapping

In their feature, New York Magazine says “In the book, Smart speaks candidly about the shame of rape, confessing her deep fear that her Mormon family would reject her as a result of her experiences… Smart is already making waves in the media with her firm rebuttal to questions about why she didn’t try to escape earlier. We hope her message about rape gets heard, too.” Read the whole article here: http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/elizabeth-smart-challenges-victim-blaming.html

The Salt Lake Tribune, in Elizabeth’s hometown, ran this feature on the book:


Women’s website, Jezebel.com, has run an article in response to the New Yorker profile discussing Elizabeth’s choice to speak out for victims of abuse. Check it out here: http://jezebel.com/how-elizabeth-smart-became-more-than-an-abduction-victi-1445111024

Lastly, People Magazine has a boxed feature/Q&A in their latest print issue now on-stands.

Elizabeth Smart has been making the rounds of TV and radio including these appearances:



and http://www.today.com/news/elizabeth-smart-captor-he-no-longer-exists-my-life-8C11348130

CNN/ with Anderson Cooper:

Part One: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/07/us/elizabeth-smart-anderson-cooper/index.html

Part Two: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/08/us/elizabeth-smart-anderson-cooper/

NPR/FRESH AIR with Terry Gross:


Also, a video promotion for the NBC News Exclusive with Meredith Vieira, which aired the evening of Friday, October 4, can be seen here: