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RED HOT BOOK OF THE WEEK: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

Fifty Shades of Grey

What began as an e-book phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E L James, has become a steamy runaway best-seller -- due largely in part to the astonishing word of mouth among women. Now being released in the U.S. as a trilogy, April 3, (yes, there are two more coming!) it's our pick for RED HOT BOOK OF THE WEEK.

Fifty Shades of Grey by debut author E L James has everyone from your best girlfriends to Hollywood producers (the movie rights were just snapped up by Universal and Focus Features) talking. It's a novel that will leave you wanting more. So good thing it's the first in a series of three. You can look forward to the follow up books, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty shades Freed.

About Fifty Shades of Grey fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind — until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

What E L James says about Fifty Shades of Grey

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, E L says she wouldn't necessarily call her novel erotica. "I don't see it as erotica. I see it as a contemporary romance. Yes, it's quite graphic, but when people fall in love, they have sex. Actually, they have a lot of sex."

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