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These three new books do naughty nicely.

The Education of a Very Young Madame (Scribner) by Ma-Ling Lee, with Christa Bourg, is the no-holds-barred story of an entrepreneurial former runaway who opened her first brothel at 16 and now uses the Internet to operate a very successful sex business.

Nerve: The First Ten Years (Chronicle) is a lush compilation of photos, essays and stories (from such writers as Alice Sebold and Jonathan Lethem) from Nerve.com, the Web site once described as "Playboy's body with the New Yorker's brain."

X: The Erotic Treasury (Chronicle), edited by Susie Bright, wraps a silky red floral cover and slipcase around 40 steamy stories, some new, some drawn from the Best American Erotica series.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: X-rated 01/03/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 3:31am]
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