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Edited by novelist Marita Golden (who also prefaces each sampling), Wild Women Don’t Wear No Blues: Black Women Writers on Love, Men, and Sex is an insightful and engaging collection of nonfiction essays which provides a medium for the distinct styles and intimate expressions of 14 black female novelists, reporters, family therapists, etc. Whether it’s Bebe Moore Campbell’s thoughtful offering on interracial coupling, Doris Jean Austin’s powerful recounting of a brutal gang rape at age 12, or Jewelle Gomez’s affirmation of the bond between black lesbians and gay men, Wild Women bears witness to the struggles, commitments, frustrations, and pleasures—simple and complex—that bind women and men. Golden reads from Women at 1 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Phyllis Croom)