Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including Mavis Staples’ new album and Curtis Sittenfeld’s latest novel — after the jump!
Wale, The Gifted: If you like Outkast or Late Registration Kanye, then Wale’s newest album is exactly what you need. “Bad” with Rihanna is a standout track.
Mavis Staples, One True Vine: If you like Wilco, The Band, or are just a sucker for a gospel choir, then Mavis Staples’ newest, produced by Jeff Tweedy, is just the ticket.
Smith Westerns, Soft Will: If you like the lo-fi, indie pop of Islands or Animal Collective, then the newest offering from the Smith Westerns will sound perfect as you embark upon long car rides during sunset.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld: If you enjoyed Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry or Rebecca Wolff’s The Beginners, then this hotly anticipated book from Prep author is for you. Sittenfeld explores sisterhood and all its implications in this book about psychic sisters. Best beach read.
On The Floor by Aifric Campbell: If you loved Bonfire of the Vanities or Too Big To Fail, then Aifric Campbell’s thriller about a London investment banker— sounds boring, but trust — should be on your bookshelf.
Eve in Hollywood by Amor Towles: This is a neat idea. As a follow up to his debut book The Rules of Civility, this novella — sold as a Kindle Single — gives us a little more about Eve Ross, best friend of Katey Kontent. I’m psyched about this one.