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 — a major label debut from Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt and the latest Marisha Pessl novel — after the jump!
A$AP Ferg, Trap Lord: The debut album from A$AP Ferg includes the massive banger “Work” and a particularly elegiac Bone Thugz N Harmony-assisted track, “Hood Pope.” If you like fellow collective member A$AP Rocky, or the tinkly-trap rap of 2 Chainz, check this out now.
Earl Sweatshirt, Doris: The major label debut from the youngest member of Odd Future cements his status as an unlikely leader in the future of rap. Don’t miss the piano-backed single “Chum,” which answers some questions about the mysterious MC. Odd Future fans won’t be disappointed.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride: The author of The Color of Water returns with this meditation on abolition, mistaken identity and history. If you dug the invented historical narrative of Colum McCann’s Transatlantic or Kiese Lymon’s time-travelling Long Division, then pick this book up next.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl: The long-awaited followup from the Special Topics in Calamity Physics author is finally here! Veering a bit towards the hard-boiled detective genre, fans of Pessl’s debut or Gone Girl should run to a bookstore and snag this literary thriller, like, now.