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 new album from Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand and the latest from Oprah fave Edwidge Danticat — after the jump!
Juicy J, Stay Trippy: Everyone’s favorite raunchy rapper Juicy J (of Grammy-winning group Three Six Mafia) has finally released his new album, which features guest spots from a whole slew of rap illuminati. If you like Young Jeezy or UGK, then Juicy J’s newest is right for you.
Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action: The Scottish band bored us with their lumbering last record, but luckily their dancing shoes are back on again. If you enjoyed Franz’s debut, then picking up their latest, with its moments of Madness-esque cheekiness, will be the right action to take.
Bob Dylan, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Are you a Bob Dylan fan? Do you own every other Bob Dylan studio album, live album, and bootleg album? Then why would you even consider NOT adding the latest in the Bootleg Series to your collection? These are epic Dylan years, after all.
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat: This new novel from the Oprah fave is about a girl in a seaside Haitian town who goes missing on her 7th birthday. If you’re drawn to the narratives of Danticat’s country and were moved by the magical realism of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” get to know Claire.
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd: In this novel, a seductive and troubled woman captures the attention of Loyd’s narrator, a widowed landlady who becomes overly entwined in her Brooklyn tenants’ lives. If you enjoyed the The Woman Upstairs or Beautiful Ruins, crack open this debut.
The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800 by Steven Moore: If you pay any attention to these book recommendations every week, we’re gathering you’re fans of “the novel.” Now, why not put aside the fiction and delve into the novel’s history with this exhaustive second book, covering 200 years, in Moore’s series?