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 a novel about the modern day single dude and the latest dance party from the Pet Shop Boys — after the jump!
Pet Shop Boys, Electric: If Robyn or Scissor Sisters have made your booty shake, go back to basics with the new wave disco stylings of the Pet Shop Boys’ latest record, which, weirdly features an awesome Springsteen cover.
Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go: I love me some blue-eyed soul, so the newest from bespectacled crooner Mayer Hawthorne is just the thing. His latest offering features a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, and is slightly dancier than his previous records, so if you’re into Jamie Lidell and Robin Thicke, you’ll be really into this album.
Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest: Well. Do you miss the golden days of female singer-songwriters like Vanessa Carlton and KT Tunsall? If so, the latest offering from Sara Bareilles, of the infectious ear worm “Love Song,” will be just what you need. She’s a good pianist, I’ll give her that.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman: Dying for wome insight into the modern male mind? Look no further than this lady writer’s debut novel, whose prose recalls the sharp wit of Jeffrey Eugenides and a-ha realness of Nick Hornby.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish by David Rakoff: The brilliant David Rakoff died this year, so this slim novel written entirely in verse is his last. If you enjoyed Calvin Trillin’s Dogfight or David Sedaris’s latest, Rakoff’s humor and creativity will keep you reading way past your bedtime.
The English Girl by Daniel Silva: Summer is a the best time to take a gamble with the kind of books you read, and I find there’s nothing better than a mystery or a thriller to keep me entertained on the beach. The latest in the Gabriel Allon detective stories, this book concerns a fixer, Corsica and the career of the British prime minister. If you liked The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo series or have enjoyed the works of John Le Carre, then this will be perfect for you.