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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard's fist; and various broken bones, also incurred in dust-ups with Richard. (Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother.)

As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs
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Douglas Preston We divide up the chapter outline and each of us takes a sequence of chapters -- for example, I'll write a sequence from Pendergast's point of view and…moreWe divide up the chapter outline and each of us takes a sequence of chapters -- for example, I'll write a sequence from Pendergast's point of view and Linc will write a sequence from Corrie's POV, and then we will swap what we've written and rewrite each other. (less)
Douglas Preston Linc was the editor for my first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, which was a nonfiction exploration of the American Museum of Natural History in New…moreLinc was the editor for my first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, which was a nonfiction exploration of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and how they collected all that fabulous stuff. He suggested we write a thriller set in the Museum, and that became Relic. It was originally going to be a one-off partnership, but I found I enjoyed working with Linc and writing thrillers so much that we continued.(less)
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Time to vote for May's read. It's a non-fiction month, specifically focusing on travel/adventure/archaeology/anthropology. This poll will be open until Wednesday, April 10.

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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition Frozen in Time The Fate of the Franklin Expedition by Owen Beattie Owen Beattie
 
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Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz Barbara Mertz
 
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Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology Gods, Graves and Scholars The Story of Archaeology by C.W. Ceram C.W. Ceram
 
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The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon The Mapmaker's Wife A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker Robert Whitaker
 
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