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Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday 5ive- May 15, 2020

Welcome to the Friday 5ive, a blog post about five things that caught my attention this week. The weather is finally getting warmer and more people are out and about. Please wear your face masks and stay six feet apart.

1) Speaking of social distancing, I saw this sign posted at The Corner Deli, a Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. "Space Is Your Amigo"

2)  I continued my study of people's bookshelves on TV news, and a lot of my bookish friends are giving high praise to Dr. Anthony Fauci's background. We particularly enjoyed the books stacked neatly on the floor behind him as many of us have the same thing going on in our homes.

3) If anyone is looking for a lovely gift to send to a sick family member or friend, I can highly recommend this gift package from A Spoonful Of Comfort. We received one yesterday as a thank you, and it came with a huge jar of the most delicious chicken soup I have ever had, rolls, and chocolate chip cookies. It even came with a beautiful ladle! 

4)  Sunday was Mother's Day, and we had a lovely takeout dinner from Sergio's Ristorante in Pelham. We called to place an order, they gave us a time slot to come pick it up. While we waited outside in our car for them to bring our dinner, they gave us a Cosmopolitan. Our food was delicious, we had veal, chicken, and shared a risotto and clams casino. I highly recommend them if you are in the area. 

5) I just finished Colm McCann's Apeirogon yesterday, and it is an astonishing novel about two real men, one an Israeli and one a Palestinian, who each lost a daughter to violence in the West Bank. It took me awhile to finish it (it's nearly 500 pages long), and it will be on my Most Compelling Books of 2020 for sure. It is thought-provoking and heartbreaking. My full review will post soon.

On the lighter side, I read Aimee Agresti's The Summer Set, about a summer theater in the Berkshires. Since we can't go to the theater, this is the next best thing. The characters are interesting, and if you like Shakespeare, you'll find some of the same things from his comedies- misunderstandings, love triangles, humor, young love, and frenemies. My full review is here.

I hope you all stay safe, healthy, and home. 


  1. I'm bookmarking A Spoonful of Comfort. It sounds fabulous. We're wearing our masks and keeping our distance for sure - I think some people are getting frustrated with us.

    1. I think people are getting weary of the masks, even here in NYC where it the pandemic hit hard. I wear one every time I leave my apartment.

  2. Did you think the style of Apeirogon made it hard to read? I haven't picked it up yet ... but I've heard it's told in one thousand and one short vignettes, so I was wondering how that is ... for the reader. thanks.

    1. I did not find it hard to read at all, the short vignettes worked so well because it gives the reader a chance to stop and think about what you just read.