Tainted Love

1. Ayelet Waldman February 6 at Barnes & Noble2289 Broadway, at 82nd St.; 212-362-8835; 7pm, free The best-selling author (and wife of Michael Chabon) got her start writing the popular “Mommy-Track Mysteries,” but her buzzy new novel, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, explores relationships, motherhood, and loss as experienced on the Upper West Side (see review). 2. Siri HustvedtFebruary 1 at Coliseum Books
11 W. 42nd St., near Fifth Ave.; 212-803-5892; 6:30pm, freeThe title essay in Hustvedt’s collection A Plea for Eros isn’t a request for sex—it’s an analysis of the interplay between everyday life and the erotic.3. Bruce BendersonFebruary 2 at Barnes & Noble
675 Sixth Ave., at 22nd St.; 212-727-1227;7pm, freeIn his award-winning erotic memoir, The Romanian, local writer Benderson explores—at great length—his love affair with a 24-year-old street hustler.

Tainted Love