Review: Orphan Number Eight

So this is one of the books I acquired from ALA….and right off the bat…I loved the cover. It is what caught my eye and made me very excited to read. I was lucky enough to have met the author, Kim Van Alkemade at ALA. Such a lovely lady!

But back to the book…it was such a good GREAT read! At first I was a little skeptical but it started throwing me these slight twists that kept me going. This book is about a woman, Rachel Rabinowitz, who at four years old was placed into the Hebrew Infant Home following her mother’s tragic death. Rachel was then selected to be one of many subjects for medical experiments. The reason behind using orphans as subjects is because you are able o control every part of their lives without dealing with parental consent.

The way the book is set up is every chapter alternates between the present (Rachel as a nurse) and the past (Rachel as the 4-year-old orphan.) You get a sense of how Rachel came to be who she is now with those chapters of the past.

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Review: Solomon’s Tale

They were giving away free copies of this book and I figured why not. At first I meant to give it as a gift to a friend of mine who loves cats (the cover had a beautiful black cat.) But I decided to read it since it seemed small enough for a quick read.

This was a unique story, it is told by the point of view of Solomon, “a wise cat” who starts off by being in the spirit world and is asked to return to earth in order to help his former owner Ellen. Ellen seems to be struggling in her marriage with Joe due to tough times and his drinking. Its insinuated that he has a bad temper and has spent most of their money. Ellen tries to remain cheerful for the sake of her son John. After an odd few pages of how Solomon is reborn again, he ventures out as a kitten to find Ellen with the help of his angel.

He is roughed up a little bit by the travel and Ellen finds him outside during a storm and takes him in. She already has a cat named Jessica who Joe refers to as a “demon cat.” Jessica brings in dead rodents or birds, steals their food, and tears up mail, but Ellen never stops loving her. Solomon grows up to be a big beautiful tomcat and Jessica starts to flirt with him. After few odd paragraphs about them mating and such…Jessica has their kittens.

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Best thing at the airport…

So after attending the conference and standing on my poor feet for 4 days, not to mention the amount of walking I endured. I have to say it was heaven sent when I saw that the airport in San Francisco had an “Xpress Spa.” Whoever thought of this grand idea…..THANK YOU!

I had like 3 hours before my flight, and dragging around my purse stuffed with books. I needed some relief. I figured my feet deserve some love….and might as well get a mani too. It really was what I needed before about 6 hour flight home. I was relaxed enough to start reading away.

Happy Reading!