The rain was steadily falling Monday morning, providing Darien with a short break from the frigid temperatures over the weekend and before the next cold snap set in for the rest of the week.
Inside Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, there was a sense of calm. The large brown leather sofa, flanked by a large globe and table with brass lamps along the front window, was unoccupied but looked inviting. The walls, as they should be in a bookstore, are covered in thousands of titles. One of the first shelves in the store features books being read in local clubs for 10 percent off the sale price.