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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, 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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