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Little Altars Everywhere & Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas #1-2)

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Little Altars Everywhere

The companion to the beloved bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, here is the funny, heartbreaking, and powerfully insightful tale that first introduced Siddalee, Vivi, their spirited Walker clan, and the indomitable Ya-Yas.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

When Vivi and Siddalee Walker, an unforgettable mother-daughter team, g

Paperback, 579 pages
Published February 21st 2007 (first published March 19th 1999)
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Janice Smith
Apr 11, 2008 Janice Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved these books. I remember reading Divine Secrets right after the twins were born, and relating all too well to the part when Vivianne looses it and gets in her car and just drives. I can't tell you how many times I've had that thought - to just get in my car and drive for a few hours, then check into some motel by myself and just SLEEP for 2 or 3 days. I would never really do it (I don't think?) but it was fascinating for me to read about a mother who did and the consequences that followed.
I am re-reading this book for the second time because I want to read YA-Ya's in bloom but was havin trouble remembering the specifics of the first two. I like it still but I reading them all in a row, I think I like Little Alters bst.
Dysfunction is defined aptly and it resonated with my inner thoughts about how families do not function! Rebecca Wells builds lovable characters like no other author.
I learned that it's great to have friends, and to be Southern, and that everyone probably has mother issues to overcome
Sheila Mandra
Apr 29, 2010 Sheila Mandra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sheila by: first book
i adored this book. at some points i wanted to laugh so hard, till i cried other times i wanted to cry till i laughed! i just adore this series
Aug 01, 2010 Sheri rated it liked it
I read this book after reading the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood in 2001. I didn't like it as much as the Ya Yas. But saw the movie of the Ya Ya sisterhood after reading both.
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Jan 13, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
While I loved Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, I wasn't a fan of "Little Alters" at all. It was heartbreaking family story, but I feel like I've just heard it all before. Maybe if I read it first before Ya Ya, I would have thought differently.
Feb 17, 2012 Vivi rated it liked it
If memory serves me right, I think I liked this book better than the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Or if memory fails me, then, it might be the other way around. Maybe I'll read it again someday. For now, "think pretty pink and blue thoughts."

*I swear this is so for-Nicole a book. ;)
AG Roberson
Feb 25, 2012 AG Roberson rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Wells is a brilliant author who has the talent to put you in the first person point of view with all the different characters from The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood book. I did enjoy it. It was written very some spots too well.
Kristen rated it it was ok
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 21, 2012 Joan rated it it was ok
This book contains numerous brief passages of great insight expressed in beautiful prose; but overall the book is tedious to read. There's just not enough story to make this reader keep reading.
Lisa rated it liked it
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 26, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing
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Her writing is so powerful. I read this so long ago but I still have it along w/ the Ya Ya book. I remember being turned on to reading after reading these 2 books. They swept me up and I remember being so completely engrossed when I read them. I love the many voices you hear in this book!
Jun 12, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Clarifies some of the unanswered questions about Sidda's childhood influences. A great read on its own, but it's even better when read with the "Divine Secrets" book.
Jun 28, 2012 Ccoulon rated it liked it
I lost the "it's my hometown" appeal in the second book. It wasn't a bad read, just had to push myself through it.
Aug 21, 2012 Q rated it it was ok
I read the Divine Secrets book first, which I liked. This book, however, was not as enjoyable. It seemed much sadder and more traumatic, and the characters were not likeable despite their struggles. I was mad and irritated and disgusted with some of them, and they did not earn my sympathy. Not that every character has to earn our sympathy, but I just didn't enjoy learning about their horrible pasts, there was little redemptive value. I really preferred the first book much more.
Anita Torchia
Nov 20, 2012 Anita Torchia rated it it was amazing
I read this not long after the Divine Secrets of the Ya ya's and this one was harder to put down. Much more interesting and more to learn about all families involved.
Elaine Lucke
Elaine Lucke rated it really liked it
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Feb 10, 2013 Loren rated it it was amazing
must read along with divine secrets and Ya Yas in Bloom. Ya-Yas in bloom is about their childhood. Again, I have all three on my bookshelf at home, and they're real treasures.
Holly Valinotti
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Nov 05, 2013 Becca marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 05, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Poignant, funny, heartbreaking, and entertaining.

Just the ticket when questioning one's sanity; even if something sounds uncomfortably familiar, overall it will confirm (and induce gratitude for) your own normalcy.
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Shelves: southern-lit
I read the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood first & loved it. Little Altars Everywhere ruined it for me.
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Rebecca Wells was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. “I grew up,” she says, “in the fertile world of story-telling, filled with flamboyance, flirting, futility, and fear.” Surrounded by Louisiana raconteurs, a large extended family, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s Parish, Rebecca’s imagination was stimulated at every turn. Early on, she fell in love with thinking up and acting in plays for ...more
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