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Love races to a photo finish with debauchery in Marion Winik’s First Comes Love. NPR commentator Winik meant this book as a tender reflection on her 10-year marriage to Tony Heubach, a gay man who died of AIDS in 1994. Yet Winik’s overwrought run-on sentences and boastful accounts of hard-drug binges belong in the confessional category. For a dignified memorial to a lost lover, read Mark Doty’s Heaven’s Coast. For melodrama, attend Winik’s reading at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Nathalie op de Beeck)