Category Archives: Books Checked Out

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

New year’s resolution prep

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP Just breathe. Stressed? Frazzled? Yearning for peace? Looking for simplicity? Wishing the holidays could be less hectic? Hoping to start the new year…

Christmas Stories

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” or so the song says. Christmas decorations and Christmas carols provide light and sound as…

Novel Vermont

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP Fictional worlds can be fantastical but sometimes they are as realistic as the towns in which we live. Check out these Vermont authors…

D is for Detective

  BOOKS CHECKED OUT  |  By JANET CLAPP The fictional gumshoe need not be a man. In fact, there is a whole subgenre of mysteries in which the private detective…

Hard-boiled Detectives

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP One aspect of America’s literary heritage is the lone private eye in a shabby office, the tough guy who figures out all the…

School Books

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP Another school year has begun. The flurries of activity to purchase clean notebooks, to sharpen pencils, to buy clothes for the first day…

Pages of the Past: Historical Fiction

BOOKS CHECKED OUT  |  By JANET CLAPP Books can function as time machines for readers when authors people the past with fictional characters or imagine the details of the lives…

Timeless Treasures from Childhood

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” –Marcel Proust Children’s…

100th Anniversary of World War I

BOOKS CHECKED OUT | By JANET CLAPP On June 28, 1914 the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated by a Serbian. One month…

The Backstory of “Brain on Fire”: Interview with the author

COVER STORY | By JANELLE FAIGNANT In the spring of 2009, a young reporter woke up strapped to an NYU hospital bed with an orange bracelet on her wrist that…