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Firewife: A Story of Fire and Water

In Firewife, a woman leaves her corporate life and husband in California to travel the world, photographing women and hearing their stories.

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I would not pick this book up based on its cover, but it had some of the highest ratings — especially in the heat category. In Try, a young girl finally goes to the rodeo, if you know what I mean. Can't go wrong with cowboys!

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Sex, Blood, and Rock 'n' Roll

Think Dexter, if Dexter was a woman who enjoyed sex. Sex, Blood, and Rock 'n' Roll is an erotic thriller about a young woman living on the Lower East Side in the early '90s. Her two loves? S&M and serial killing.

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Fortunate Son

A sorrowful-sounding read, Fortunate Son is about two boys who are like brothers but separated at a young age. One sails through life, the other barely treads. It's intelligent, heartbreaking, and, apparently, really hot.

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The Possibility of an Island

One of France's most famous novelists, Michel Houellebecq, takes on present-day problems from the future's point of view, when humanity as we know it is gone. In The Possibility of an Island, laughter, tears, love, remorse, and sex never looked so good.

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Now Is the Hour

Only a few words need to be said about Now Is the Hour, and they're "country boy's self-liberation" in the 1960s.

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One Mississippi

A dark, twisted novel, One Mississippi is a tale of best friends, first love, and felonies in 1973 Mississippi.

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Taming the Beast

A modern-day Lolita, Taming the Beast tells the tale of a young woman trying to control herself when she meets up with her former lover and high-school teacher.

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The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World is a coming-of-age novel set in the '60s and '70s to the tune of forbidden love.

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Tropic of Cancer

No rating needed for the Tropic of Cancer and its eponymous author Henry Miller. The early-20th-century novelist wrote explicitly about sex not so he could shock his readers, but so he could tell a complete and honest story.

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