Third Thursday Page Turners

The Time Machine

English novelist, historian and science writer Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) abandoned teaching and launched his literary career with a series of highly successful science-fiction novels.  The Time Machine was the first of a number of these imaginative literary inventions.  First published in 1895, the novel follows the adventures of a hypothetical Time Traveller who journeys into the future to find that humanity has evolved into two races: the peacful Eloi - vegetarians who tire easily - and the carnivorous, predatory Morlocks.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The story of Holly Golightly, a hill-billy turned Manhattan playgirl, and the eclectic circle of friends who surround her. The unnamed narrator of the story is a young writer from a small town, out on his own for the first time. He lives in a New York brownstone and dreams of literary success.

In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.

My Sister Rosa

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?  Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa.  But he's also certain that she's a psychopath - clinically, threateningly, dangerously.  Recenty Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things.  Che is the only one who knows; he's the only one his sister trusts.  Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good and hiding what she is and the manipulation she's capable of.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Called one of America's favorite Christmas stories, and now a classic television movie, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER has been a favorite of young readers the world over since 1972.  Funny, memorable, and outrageous, it is the story of a family of incorrigable children who discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone else rediscover its true meaning.


When Megan Murphy discovers a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she means to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter is too attractive to stay mad for long.  As for Patrick, he wants nothing more than to play house with Maggie - and make Thanksgiving dinner for their families.  But Megan has wept over one failed love, and she's afraid to risk her heart again.  Can the good doctor help heal her heart?


Because of a family secret, twelve-year-old Twig keeps to herself, rarely venturing beyond her mother's apple orchard except to deliver pies to the general store.  But when a girl named Julia moves into the cottage next door, everything changes.  A witch lived there once, and Twig's mother has forbidden her to go inside.  But Julia might just be Twig's first true friend, and her ally in breaking an ancient curse.

In this spellbinding story by by beloved author Alice Hoffman, friendship and love are truly magical.

If the Creek Don't Rise

"In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife.

Murder Freshly Baked

Don't taste it · Don't share it · Just throw it away

If you try my bakery pie · You won't live to see another day

The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the last place you would ever expect to find a murderer.  But Amber has been managing the Village for decades and there's nothing she hasn't seen.  Or so she thought.

Murder Tightly Knit

Even before she heard of Owen Esch's death, Hannah Troyer knew something was amiss at The Cat's Meow yarn shop.  The store has been closing at odd times, the ever-dependable Mary isn't always at her post... and an Englisch man has been loitering around back.

Now, as leaves of brown, gold, and orange blanket Middlebury, Indiana, Owen lies dead on the Pumpkinville Trail.  The only clues to the murderer's identity point in two very different directions - one of them leading right to The Cat's Meow.

Murder Simply Brewed

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops - until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead.  Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack.  All the money is still in his register.