Talking to the Ground by Douglas Preston

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Documenting one family's dangerous journey across the harshest deserts of the Southwest, a day-by-day account of adventure and personal growth is also an informative exploration of Navajo life and history. 15,000 first printing. Tour.

About Douglas Preston

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Douglas Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English at Princeton University. He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his title Two Graves which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child.
Published July 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Preston, who followed in Coronado's footsteps in Cities of Gold (1992), feels the itch for another rigorous, horse-borne journey--this time through the sere lands of Navajo reservation-- and returns with pungent descriptions and curious encounters.

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Previously, Preston (Cities of Gold) had traveled on horseback along the ancient roads of the Anasazi, retracing Coronado's search for the Seven Cities of Gold.

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For this journey, he decided to retrace the steps of a Navajo god, Monster Slayer, who cleared the earth of alien gods and gave the Navajos a homeland where they could live in harmony and beauty.

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