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Douglas Preston

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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...

Tom Jones

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As a university student, Tom read Studs Terkel's "Working," the seminal oral history book about American workers who talked about their working lives, in their own words. It was the revealing intimacy and integrity of Terkel's book that moved Tom to decide--after working in California state government for 30 years--to travel the country interviewing hundreds of people who similarly wanted to talk about what they do for a living and why they do it.Tom's first book, "Working at the Ballpark," is about 50 people who work in major league baseball, from an All-Star shortstop, third base...