Category Archives: Books Checked Out

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

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…

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…