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Cats and critters and squirrels, oh my!

The following fiction and nonfiction titles will be available at Baltimore County Public Libraries starting March 25.

"Cat's Claw," by Susan Wittig Albert

Albert returns to Pecan Springs, where a recently divorced computer whiz has been found shot dead. But is it a suicide? Police Chief Sheila Dawson once again enlists her friend, amateur sleuth China Bayles, to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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"Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics," by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim

Calories: those pesky numbers that so many people count in order to lose weight. Food politics veteran Nestle teams with nutritionist Nesheim to dissect the reasons we count calories and the uses and abuses of calorie counting by the diet industry and politicians.

"Voodoo Maggie's Adorable Amigurumi: Cute and Quirky Crocheted Critters," by Erin Clark

For the uninitiated, amigurumi are Japanese crocheted or knitted creatures that serve one purpose: to be cute! Voodoo Maggie sets out clear instructions for the novice crafter to create adorable little crocheted animals.

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"Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop," based on a poem by Alexina B. White, with new verses by Susan Lurie and photographs by Murray Head

Even if you find their birdseed-stealing antics frustrating, squirrels' cuteness and acrobatics are hard to deny. As these bushy-tails frolic around New York's Central Park, their playfulness is captured in photographs matching verses of a favorite poem that celebrates the busy life of squirrels.

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