Check out these new arrivals at the Astoria Public Library:

When birds nest in a new birdhouse, you can identify them using the "National Geographic Reference Atlas to the Birds of North America." Mel Baughman compiled the 700 maps, entries, photographs and essays by leading experts. This book is offered as a companion to the "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America."

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Amanda Quick offers readers a thrilling mystery in "The Paid Companion." When the Earl of St. Merryn wants someone to pose as his wife, his intention is to find a meek woman who will mind her own business while he minds his. Miss Elenora Lodge appears to be perfect, and she needs the remuneration, but when the Earl's business turns out to be the pursuit of a killer, Miss Lodge turns out to be far from meek or mild.

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Contemporary living space requires great dexterity and flexibility. You can plan, decorate and furnish your space with "The Ultimate House Book: For Home Design in the 21st Century," by Terence Conran. Conran begins by helping you to daydream your perfect space. From there, he moves on to how we live in our homes, guides you through contracting, and concludes with a buyer's guide to design materials.

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The Arts and Crafts movement is well evidenced in Astoria. Kevin Rodel and Jonathan Binzen concentrate on one aspect of the movement in "Arts & Crafts Furniture: From Classic to Contemporary." Rodel asserts that although there are basic design principles and philosophies, the actual designs vary widely in style.

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Charlotte Clapp worked quietly and diligently at the First Savings and Loan Bank until the day her doctor pronounced a chilling diagnosis. Believing she has never truly lived, Charlotte quits her job and robs the bank of $2 million. Living large and undercover in L.A., Charlotte hopes to live well before her crime is detected. "Night Swimming" is a first novel by Robin Schwarz.

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Plum Sykes has a new novel about rich young women in New York City. "Bergdorf Blondes" describes the life, hopes and dreams of a character identified only as "Moi." She and her friends spend their days wearing designer labels, shopping, jet-setting and worrying about how others will perceive them. With wit and sensitivity, Sykes strikes a deeper note as Moi looks for love.

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A series of tales makes up "The Circus in Winter," by Cathy Day. The tales take place from 1884 to 1939 in the town of Lima, Ind. This is where the Great Porter Circus winters over every year. Over three generations, the presence of the circus changes many people's paths.

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Grace Lawson flipped through the snapshots she had just picked up. But there was one picture that definitely did not belong. And in the next few weeks, Grace will find herself searching for answers that will keep a killer at bay. "Just One Look" is the latest thriller from Harlan Coben.

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An Elm Creek Quilts novel, "The Master Quilter," by Jennifer Chiaverini, focuses on the Elm Creek Quilters and their quilting business. One of their own is about to be married, but she has kept the preparations secret. And so the quilters enter into a secret of their own to make her bridal quilt. Amid the lack of honesty, some threads begin to unravel.

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History, romance and murder converge in "Murder on Nob Hill," by Shirley Tallman. Sarah Woolson is determined to be a lawyer, but San Francisco society in 1880 takes a dim view of career women. Sarah talks her way into a law firm and the defense of a society woman who is accused of killing an abusive husband. Before she can prove the case, four more people die and Sarah wonders whether she can be successful in this business.

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