February 2019 New Titles: Non-fiction Previews

Just as it was this time last year, when Educated by Tara Westover was my shoo-in Book of the Month, February has become the first-half month of choice for launching non-fiction début authors. When we talk of débuts, we tend to mean fiction, but it’s just as exciting to discover an outstanding first memoir or work of history or popular science by an author you believe will go on to write many more great things.

By a darned coincidence, two brilliant débuts in this preview are tacked closely together by their titles: Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by ...

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