Check out these new books at the Astoria Public Library:

Lily Owens has spent her life reliving one terrible memory. When Rosaleen, the black woman who raised Lily challenges three racists, Lily and Rosaleen flee from their small Georgia town. They are taken in by three black women in "The Secret Life of Bees," written by Sue Monk Kidd. In large print.

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Cindy Decker is teamed up with her father, detective Peter Decker, again in Faye Kellerman's new book, "Street Dreams." An abandoned newborn has been taken to the hospital and Cindy goes looking for the mother. In the chase through crime filled streets, Cindy's own life becomes endangered.

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Tom Clancy investigates the new terrorism in his new novel, "The Teeth of the Tiger." Employees of "the Campus" are always ready to do battle with terrorists, and always on the lookout to recruit new talent. Dominic Caruso, his brother Brian Caruso and their cousin, Jack Ryan, Jr. are about to be inducted.

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From Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Series," comes a selection of short stories called "Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations." The stories are set in Australia, Portugal, Italy, and South Africa and feature the warm, loving, witty characters familiar from the detective series.

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Do you live in one of America's best small towns? Norm Crampton is the author of "Making Your Move to One of America's Best Small Towns." The Chicago native moved to a small town in 1990 and has become a nationally known writer on the value of small town life. Did Astoria make the grade? Check out page 51.

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Fantasy writer L. E. Modesitt, Jr. offers readers a new series called the "Corean Chronicles." The first book in the series, "Legacies," introduces Alucius, a successful herder and a man with magical talents. In the world of Corus, there are many warring factions, however, and Alucius barely enters manhood before he must fight for his survival.

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Alafair Burke, daughter of James Lee Burke, shares in the family talents. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid, a Portland Drug and Vice Division employee, arrives one day to find that a 13-year-old girl has been brutally attacked and left for dead. The evidence is thin, but instead of simple assault, Kincaid goes for an attempted murder conviction. "Judgment Calls" is the first novel, to be followed by a second novel in Spring 2004.

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When his first novel is successful Larry Wyler, having set his sights on literary prominence, promptly leaves his wife and heads for New York City. Although he enjoys a brief time in the high life, he eventually ends up writing an advice column under the name, Ask Mr. Blue. As he sorts out the problems of other people, he finds solutions for his own. "Love Me" is the latest novel from Garrison Keillor and promises his characteristic wit and wisdom.

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"Your Mouth is Lovely," by Nancy Richler, is set in Russia. Miriam is 19 years old in the years just after the Russian Revolution. She has a daughter whom she gave up at birth, and has herself been abandoned by her parents. As the story moves through Siberia to Kiev, Miriam struggles to define her life.

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The women of the Sparrow family bring their unusual gifts to bear in solving a murder in "The Probable Future," the newest novel by Alice Hoffman. Elinor can detect falsehood, Jenny can see people's dreams, but it is Stella who will have to master her growing clairvoyance.

- Jane Tucker, librarian, Astoria Public Library

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