BOOKS: COLLEGE FUND

A FIRST NOVEL ABOUT A FUNNY COED HOOKER

Before the onset of its Disneyfication, New York City's Times Square boasted a grim-looking strip club that successfully distinguished itself from the area's many other grim-looking strip clubs. In big pink letters on a white marquee, this establishment proudly alerted passersby that it featured LIVE GIRLS WORKING THEIR WAY THRU COLLEGE. Patrons, presumably, found topless women who had taken the SATs to be more tantalizing than those who had not.

It's a proposition with which young Jennifer Belle cannot argue. The 28-year-old Manhattanite has received a great deal of publicity for her comic first novel, Going Down (Riverhead Books; $12; 254...

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