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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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Sheila Mandra
Apr 29, 2010 Sheila Mandra rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
I learned that it's great to have friends, and to be Southern, and that everyone probably has mother issues to overcome
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I read this book quite a long time ago, I remember picking it up randomly at some quaint little shop in a small mountain town in West Virginia when I was a teenager. Not really sure what drew me to it, back then I was much more open to all kinds of books than I am now. I honestly can't remember a whole lot that happened in it, I do remember it being somewhat of a drama story though and not being too impressed with it, but it wasn't terrible.
This is a great book, especially looking at parent/adult child relationships.
Clair Ashburn
I liked this one more than the Ya-Ya book.
Janice Smith
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 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.
Lisa Cavarretta
A must read if you have read Divine Secrets. Little Altars is fabulous and fun!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anita Torchia
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.
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.
Nov 05, 2013 Becca marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Darker than Ya-Ya's, but still a bit more of their lives that you don't want to let go of.
A must-read for all who call themselves Southern girls. Prequel to Divine Secrets.
Christine Champagne
I couldn't wait to read this one after finishing the first book. It was just as good!
Diane Leonard
I never seem to like the second book as well as the first but this is a great read.
Hated it, ruined Ya ya sisterhood totally. I actually got rid of this book
Loved this one too. A little more in depth on the characters in this one.
Melanie Anne
While it was a good prequel I expected more after reading yaya sisterhood
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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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