Category Archives: Books Checked Out

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

Beach Reads: Under the sun and on the shore

BOOKS CHECKED OUT  |  By JANET CLAPP Dazzling sun. The roar of the surf. The scent of salt and sunscreen. Water stretching to the horizon to meet the vast sky….

Undercover: Spy stories can take you away from the everyday

BOOKS CHECKED OUT  |  By Janet Clapp Do you ever imagine a life of intrigue, disguises, secret codes, undercover drops, and clandestine meetings? Spy stories can take us out of…

Her Story: The History of women, in books

By Janet Clapp  |  Confessions of an actual librarian. March has many faces: snowy, windy, sunny, warm, muddy. March also has many names: National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Women’s…

Reading with class: Between seasons, get your “Downton Abbey” fix in print

JANET CLAPP  |  Books Correspondent If you’re a fan of “Downton Abbey,” as I am, you may be delighted to know that the publishing world has taken notice of its…

Romantic reads: Reading love stories across genres and time

By JANET CLAPP BOOKS CORRESPONDENT Pink paper hearts and red boxes of chocolates stacked on store shelves remind me that Valentine’s Day approaches. The holiday of romance, of love, of…

Laugh lines: 5 books that will put a smile on your face

By JANET CLAPP BOOKS CORRESPONDENT Laughter is the best medicine. I still remember one day as a child when I was home sick and I spent the entire day reading…

Warm words: Hunker down with these cold-weather reads

By JANET CLAPP BOOKS CORRESPONDENT Winter is the perfect season for reading. I like to curl up in a nest of blankets while it’s cold, dark and dangerous outside and…

Reading into the world of online books

By RANDAL SMATHERS CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN So I talked a little bit last column about the medium being part of the message with books and e-books. For those…