The Gift of Reading


Thanks to North Fork-based author and all-around wonderful person Alison Caiola for her gift of her book “The Silver Cord.” It really came in handy the past couple of days as I was bedridden and waylaid by a pre-season cold and fever.

As a voracious reader, there’s nothing I love better than to consume a good book. Time is frequently my enemy, however, as my schedule seldom allows me to kick back, relax and just read something from cover to cover. Instead, I’m usually only able to cram in an hour or two a day–during my morning coffee time or right before hitting the hay–as my own deadlines must take precedence. But, thanks to a serious bout of fever, sniffles and general aches and pains, I was “rewarded” with some mandatory bed rest and the gift of time to read Alison’s lovely book–a  follow up to “The Seeds of a Daisy,” which I also read and enjoyed quite a bit–as well as “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, another seriously fantastic author I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with during the course of my own writing career. She wrote “Admission” and “A Jury of Her Peers,” among others.

Unfortunately my temporary illness left me depleted and unable to attend a few much-looked-forward-to gatherings (APOLOGIES to those I’ve missed!) but I’m happy to say that I’m now on the mend, thanks to two great books, cold medicine from my beloved and lots of rest. Cheers to health, happiness and productivity!

To learn more about Alison and her books, visit

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