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Booksellers in certain regions are rebuffing two erogenous tomes. Random House has received 35,000 cancellation orders for Marianne Williamson’s A Woman’s Worth because the book jacket features a bare-breasted woman. Meanwhile, controversy over the title of author Dalma Heyn’s The Erotic Silence of the American Wife forced Heyn to bow out of a nine-city publicity tour. ”This fundamentalist underbelly out there won’t take the book because of the word erotic,” says Heyn. One of the dealers, Kmart, is selling A Woman’s Worth only in certain stores but will not stock The Erotic Silence. ”We don’t try to censor books,” says a Kmart spokesman. ”But we don’t buy certain books for a $ family-type store.” Many readers are choosing not to judge these books by their covers: 200,000 copies of the paperback version of Erotic Silence have been shipped to bookstores, and A Woman’s Worth hit No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

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