A monthly newsletter of book recommendations and mischief from New York literary critic Molly Young.
Welcome to Read Like the Wind, a new Vulture space for discovering books and other reading. I am thrilled to audition as your bookmonger. Picture a whale coursing through the ocean straining water through her baleen, maniacally sieving tons of material for the iotas that provide nourishment. I am the whale, and these recommendations are our plankton.
I will recommend new books, and old books, because I don’t know anyone who selects reading material on the basis of release dates. Some of the recommendations are not for books, but for articles or podcasts or other deployments of language. You’ll occasionally see the acronym RIYL, which stands for “Recommended If You Like.” Purchase links go to indie bookstores, but there is also a link to Amazon, so the choice is yours. (Remember that you can also find nearly all books for free at your local library.) You are welcome to recommend me a book in turn; I will try anything once. Sign up here to get my picks delivered to your inbox once a month.