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Tainted Love

Cynics (or are they realists?) need something to read on Valentine’s Day, too.


  1. 1. Ayelet Waldman
    February 6 at Barnes & Noble

    2289 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. 2. Siri Hustvedt
    February 1 at Coliseum Books

    11 W. 42nd St., near Fifth Ave.; 212-803-5892; 6:30pm, free

    The 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. 3. Bruce Benderson
    February 2 at Barnes & Noble

    675 Sixth Ave., at 22nd St.; 212-727-1227; 7pm, free

    In his award-winning erotic memoir, The Romanian, local writer Benderson explores—at great length—his love affair with a 24-year-old street hustler.


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