David B. Coe was born on March 12, 1963 (Pisces, Chinese Year of the Rabbit). He grew up in the suburbs just outside of New York City, the youngest of four children. His mother, a school teacher, and his father, a stock broker, instilled in all of their kids a deep love of books, and, as a result, all four of the Coe children grew up to be writers. David's oldest brother, Bill, is a technical writer with a large computer company in Massachusetts. His sister, Liz, produces and writes television shows in Hollywood. And his second brother, Jim, is a wildlife artist and bird illustrator who has written and illustrated his own field guides.
David received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and then attended Stanford University as a graduate student in United States history. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on conservation policy during the New Deal, receiving his Ph.D. in 1993. For those who have trouble sleeping, his dissertation, "Realms of Nature, Spheres of Interest: Environmental Policy in the Pacific Northwest, 1932 1952" (Stanford, 1993), is available through University Microfilms, Inc. He briefly considered pursuing a career as an academic, but wisely thought better of it.
More information on the official David B. Coe website.