Category Archives: Books Checked Out

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

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…

Cheesy reads

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT One of the delights at Rutland’s farmers market is tasting the various local cheeses. A surprising array of books has been published about this dairy…

Past Pulitzers: Prize winners from years past make compelling reading

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT One hundred years ago the first Pulitzer Prize was awarded. Established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, this award for excellence is given to American writers….

Book an Adventure

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Hidden treasures, secret codes, greedy villains, or a race to the finish may signify an adventure story. In action-filled novels like those sampled below, the…

Dear Diary: Glimpses into (Extra) ordinary lives

By Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Each of us has a unique perspective on the life and times in which we live. Readers can gain a greater understanding of a…

Abraham Lincoln

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT February 12 is the birthday of one of our most famous and arguably greatest presidents. Below is a sample of the numerous titles, both fiction…

Did You Like “The Girl on the Train?”

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Before there was the movie, there was the extremely popular book. For those who aren’t familiar with the story of “The Girl on the Train,”…

Take a look

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT In the dark days of winter when white and gray dominate the landscape, the colorful pages of an illustrated book can be particularly appealing. To…

If Walls Could Talk

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT If the walls of homes could talk, what tales would they tell about the inhabitants that lived there throughout the years? Here are four novels…