Dear Readers,

Surprise! Your Friday Five is landing in your inbox on . . . well, not a Friday. I apologize if this throws you off your game a bit, shuffles up your usual end-of-week reading routine, or throws you into a panic about how many shopping days remain before Christmas. Around here we' ve been a bit busy in our annual elf role play all while attempting to deftly dodge the December 2022 triple threat. If you too are feeling the magnified pressure of the holiday hustle (sort of like Elizabeth David via Elissa Altman's excellent Substack newsletter: "[let's] spend the holidays in bed with a glass of champagne and a smoked salmon sandwich, and wake up in the New Year") then we invite you to retire to the couch with a good book and look ahead to all the fun to come in 2023.

We've already shared news of the party at the Avon Theatre to celebrate Deborah Royce Goodrich and her thrilling new read. Lots of fun partner events are on the horizon with our friends at the Darien Library, including a virtual session on Home Detox, another on vegetarian cooking, and an in-person conversation with reporters Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe. To see what we're cooking up with the Darien Community Association, scroll down for two save the dates (tickets available for the first!).

No matter how or where or with whom you celebrate the final days of 2022, please know our gratitude for your kind support of Barrett overflows. We are ever grateful for you.