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 Jay-Z’s latest (finally available to non Samsung users) and Denis Lehane-endorsed literary mystery — after the jump!
Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail: If you dug Jay and Kanye’s Watch The Throne and the “Suit & Tie” Hov donned with Justin, his first solo record since 2009 will make you even more relieved that retirement thing didn’t work out.
Ciara, Ciara: Ciara is back with a record stocked with booty-poppin’ jams. If you miss Cassie or old school Rihanna, Ciara‘s latest (featuring cameos from Nicki Minaj and her boo Future) is on point.
Skylar Grey, Don’t Look Down: The debut record from the songwriter behind Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” puts her Neon Hitch-esque vocal stylings in the spotlight. (Slim Shady makes a cameo too.)
Visitation Street by Icy Pochoda: Mystic River’s Denis Lehane released this masterful literary mystery on his imprint and has compared Pochoda’s unique writing style to Junot Diaz. A thoughtful page turner till the last word.
Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine: Finished with last week’s recommended book, Sisterland? Then this other sibling-focused novel, which simmers in all-American nostalgia like The Interestings, is a grand next read.
Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler: The comedienne is back with her second side-splitting memoir, which is filled with Chelsea Handler- and Jen Kirkman-esque tales of “epic humiliation.” And women aren’t funny? Please.