Category Archives: Books Checked Out

Our reviews and recommendations on the books we think are worth checking out.

New England Book Awards

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Autumn in New England means colorful foliage and the announcement of the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) New England Book Award winners. NEIBA considers…

Talking about Books

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Although reading is usually a solitary activity, it can spark thoughts and feelings that readers want to share with others. Book discussion groups offer forums…

Which Witch Book is Which?: Fiction

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Pointy-hatted crones decorate spooky Halloween displays. On October 31 people in witch costumes of all sorts parade about the streets. The Salem witch trials still…

Russia: Then and Now

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Russia is a frequent topic in the news of 2017, both for interference in the United States presidential election and because this year is the…

The Freedom to Read

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT If you choose not to read a book, that is your choice. Libraries offer a wide variety of books from which every reader can make…

Childhood revisited

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT When you visit the Rutland Free Library during the summer, you will see posted a colorful array of names representing the many children who are…

True or Fake

By Janet Clapp Books Checked Out In a world of contradictions like “fake news” and “alternative facts,” it can be confusing to understand what is true and what is to…

Summer in New England

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT In six small states, New England offers a marvelous variety of landscapes, people and cultures. If you’re spending your summer hanging out in this corner…

Heard a good book lately?

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a story? Many of us were read to as children, and as parents, we pass on that pleasure. Not only…

Westward Ho!

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Dangerous, rugged landscapes form the backdrop for stories set in the American frontier. Tales of cowboys and outlaws reflect simpler times. Novels from the western…