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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya-Yas, Bk 1)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Ya-Yas, Bk 1
Author: Rebecca Wells
ISBN-13: 9780060173289
ISBN-10: 0060173289
Publication Date: 4/12/1996
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 170 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
I have heard raves for this book, but it didn't live up to the hype for me. It wasn't focused enough; the plot wasn't as compelling as I'd have liked.
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Helpful Score: 5
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" is an incredible book. It deals with difficult subjects without turning people into stereotypes. It tackles subjects of abuse, and the reactions from it psychologically on both parties. It details loving relationships between people without turning to sentimentality. And it's hilarious and heartbreaking in the same page at times...Everyone has things that they must learn to forgive our parents for. We all carry wounds from the way we were raised. We all have a sense of love for our families and friends that transcends the boundaries of rational thinking. The Ya-Ya's are truly eternal reminders that we must hang on to those things, grow from them, learn from them, but most of all, keep them close and don't analyze them...Just love them for who and what they are.
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Helpful Score: 4
Filled with humor and heartbreaking tragedy, interesting; quirky characters, you will fall in love with this story as I have. It is best to read the companion bk., Little Altars Everywhere first.
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Helpful Score: 4
My all-time favorite book... I've read it three times, and it never gets old. By describing three generations of women, from Buggy to Vivi to Sidda, Wells creates a picture of the complicated mother-daughter dynamic, giving background glimpses to help us understand what makes them tick. Vivi especially is a character of depth - she makes me love her one minute and hate her the next, a pattern that adds to her authenticity. And oh, the Ya-Ya's. This is a group of girls who defy the common definition of "family," proving that the bond between friends can be the most powerful thing in the world.
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Helpful Score: 2
It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did I found myself really caring about the characters. There is some real humour in this books, and some very touching moments as well.
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A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the lives of 4 lifelong girlfriends Who conspire to help one of their number during her time of crisis. Worth reading twice if you are a southerner.
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Helpful Score: 2
Reading the book made the movie easier to understand for me. The book really is much better than the movie. So, if you liked the movie, I think you'll like the book.
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WONDERFUL book and movie. This was one of those books I have re-read quite a few times. I read this book first and then read Little Altars Everywhere - which helped clear up some questions I had regarding this book. Well worth your time. The 1st time I read it, I did so in two days.
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I really enjoyed the style of writing Wells uses, kind of familiar. This is a great story with some ditsurbing parts, but well written and catches you in pretty quick. I also enjoyed the follow-up, YaYas in Bloom.
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Helpful Score: 1
A wonderful story, full of southern imagery, that reminds us that our parents are human too, subject to their own challenges and histories, and that forgiveness and redemption can be achieved through exposing oneself to vulnerability.
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A very entertaining and ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between a mother and a daughter. This is the sweet and sad and goofy mondey-dance of life, as performed by a bevy of unforgettable Southern belles in a verdant garden of moonlit prose. Poignantly coo-coo, the Ya-Yas (and their Petite Ya-Yas) will prance, priss, ponder, and party their way into your sincere affection.
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Excellent storytelling -- a treat to hear the book read by the author.
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One of my favorite authors. This book is hilarious! Perfect summer read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved the movie so much, it might have spoiled the book for me. There is just too much flashback that worked fine for the movie but just ruins the continuity of the book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Unfortunately, I can't say that I really liked this story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
A good and funny (and a little heartbreaking) read. I like the way you see the characters as they are all grown up, then you learn about their past and why some are they way they are... some of it you can forgive and understand better knowing what they have been through. I read these books in the order they were published and found it satisfying, but would probably read "Little Altars Everywhere" first if you've never read them.
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Great book! I love the fact that it seems real, the characters go through issues in life that anyone would go through.... any book that can make me cry is a definite recommendation!
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I guess the cover and name made me think it would be childish or maudlin but it was neither and I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Took me quite a while to get through it. I didn't get all the hype over it.
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Helpful Score: 1
The author was trying too hard.
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Loved it!
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While reading the book, it is hard not compare it to the movie; however, it does stand on its own merit. I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a book I found painful. It is well written and in some ways that makes it harder to take....it is easy to read about horrific child abuse and the power the abusive parent holds over even the well-respected adult decades later. Worth reading, but hard to take...especailly if you are an empathic reader. On the other hand, perhaps we should all be more sensitve to the long-lasting trama of physical abuse at the hands of a well-loved parent.
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Everyone in my book club enjoyed this one.
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This book tells the story of the Ya-Ya's, a group of girlfriends who stay together and tells of their past exploits.
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Loved it!
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"Rebecca Wells's new novel is a big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of three generations of crazy bayou debutantes trying to survive marriage, motherhood, and pain, relying always on their love for each other...A novel of wide reach and lots of colors: fun in a breathless sort of way."
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A not-to-be-missed affirmation of the friendships of women... You won't regret this read!
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Love, Love, Love this book.
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I wish I would have read the book before I watched the movie. It was very hard to get through the scenes that I had already seen.
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Descriptive. Bettert han the movie.
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One of my favorites!
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A funny group of southern belles in constant communication with each other. 3 generations of bayou debutantes surviving the struggles of life.
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Great book of sisterhood.
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I got it because I'd heard so much about it, but I guess I'm just not that into southern belles.
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This was good. Not really my type of book. But still good.
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A lot of fun
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What a great read. I finished it in a day. Loved it.
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I love this book. One of the few I re-read. The movie did not do it justice!!
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I really enjoyed this book about the relationship between a mother and daughter. It is laugh outloud funny and endearing at the sametime. Good light read!
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Sweet, sad, authentic story of frienship of girls growing into women in the South. Lots of fun to read
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Love it, love it!
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I absolutely loved this book! It was very entertaining and the characters are very endearing. I had seen the movie years ago and wasn't as taken with it as I was by reading the book.
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You just can't not love this book. It's a classic...
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Excellent
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This book is a very fun read! It's a great story about friends, family, and growing up. I definitely recommend reading it!
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Very good book about women and their relationships.
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A time machine of a book that transports you instantly back to the sixties.
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The group of Southern Belles and all their eccentricities. Wonderful story about their loves, marriage, motherhood, pain and love for each other.
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Most enjoyable story about good and close lady friends for many, many years of their lives.
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Great book in the "southern literature tradition" about mothers and daughters. Indelible characters!
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If there is not a copy of one of these books on your shelf, there should be. Great fun reading!
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One of my all time favorite books....I am only parting with it because I was goven another copy. Women's friendship as it is supposed to be....surely it was written about me and my friends!
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I enjoyed it. I read it after I saw the movie, and the book is much better!!
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I am sure everyone has read Ya-Ya of the sisterhood. I have passed my book around to my friends before I swapped it to the paperbackswap. I enjoyed the book more than the movie. Those southern belles were a pretty roudy bunch of friends. The times now would prevent all the antics they did. Drinking and driving. And most of them would probably be up on charges of child abuse of some sort. But it was a laugh out loud book to read
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Great novel - I found myself laughing out loud at times and then crying at times too.
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Everbody knows this book.
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If you are a woman and a southerner, this book needs no introduction. If you are a mother or a daughter and you haven't found DS, then do yourself a favor and read it.

The book's main charm comes from discovering the secrets of Vivi's tortured past. As the reader, you find the "scraps" and put them all together to form a complex portrait of friendship and motherhood. Sidda's seclusion in a northwest cabin is balanced with moments from Vivi's past. It becomes a scavenger hunt as each chapter offers a revelation that helps Sidda better understand her mother and ultimately herself.
I reread DS once a year just to visit with Vivi and the gang.
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An adult daughter writes about her mother's lifelong group of friends, and their support of each other during life's different seasons. She knows these ladies well, and spends a hilarious weekend with them as an adult. Humorous
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This booked is great-- if you like chick lit. I enjoyed it when I read it, then saw the movie and realized it could be quite hokey. But the book is way better than the movie!
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Very interesting characters - Read Little Altars Everywhere first. It will clarify a lot!
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GREAT AMAZING STORY!
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A favorite of mine from WAY back! Love this book!
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We can all relate.
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Great story!
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A delightful look into the lives of four southern girls, following them to adulhood. More fun than the movie
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So many things were left out of the movie- you must read this!!
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A story of friendship that endures.
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Much better than the movie!
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I don't think anyone needs to read a review of this book. Any southern girl can identify with our protagonist.
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If you liked the movie, you'll love the book. One of the reviewers called it "sweet, sad, and goofy". I couldn't agree more.
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fun quirky book, everyone will love it.
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A great girl story.
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I really enjoyed this book. Much better than the movie!
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I really liked this movie. It was interesting and the movie pretty much matches up.
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The Ya-Yas are the wild circle of girls who swirl around the narrator Siddalee's mama, Vivi, whose vivid voice is "part Scarlett, part Katharine Hepburn, part Tallulah." The Ya-Yas broke the no-booze rule at the cotillion, skinny-dipped their way to jail in the town water tower, disrupted the Shirley Temple look-alike contest, and bonded for life because, as one says, "It's so much fun being a bad girl!"
Siddalee must repair her busted relationship with Vivi by reading a half-century's worth of letters and clippings contained in the Ya-Ya Sisterhood's packet of "Divine Secrets."
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It wasn't my usual sort of book, but it can be good to read chick lit occasionally.
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One of my favorite books of alltime, laugh out loud and burst into tears within a few pages.
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This is a sweet novel and an easy read. Nothing too complex, but good reading for the pool or a nice hammock.
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This is the second book in the "Ya-Yas" Series" and probably the most famous of the three. It is also probably the best of the three, or at least I thought it was the best in the series. This book presents Siddalee (Sidda) Walker, grown up and on her own, dealing with the idea of marriage. She is in love with a wonderful man, but she can't seem to bring herself to marry him due to issues from her childhood, particularly those issues with her mother, Vivi. She feels like she's never been taught how to love, and this is compounded with an incident that caused Vivi to alienate herself from Sidda. Sidda decides to seek refuge from the world in a cabin out in the woods, and there she discovers what she was longing for, with a little help from her mothers' friends, the Ya-Yas, and a scrapbook containing their "Divine Secrets." Using the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" as her guide, Sidda discovers secrets from Vivi's life, which helps bring understanding to her own life.

As mentioned before, I liked this book the best out of the three. The writing style is more "traditional" than the first and third books. Those books both bounce back and forth between time periods and character perspectives in every chapter. This book has much cleaner transitions between time periods and keeps everything except a few letters between characters in the third person. This book can certainly be enjoyed without reading the other two books in the series. I felt that Vivi was much more of a "mixed up and misunderstood" character in this book, rather than the monster she seems to be in the first one. I like Vivi much better in this book.
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Great book! The movies is one of my favorites but the book is so much better. It's about a mother and a daughter relationship and how they interact is so real and comical. One minute they are friends, the next minute they are aweful to each other. A lot of the book are flash backs of both the mother and daughter and what makes them the way they are.
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I wanted to get into this book and to like it, but I just couldn't.
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The book is so much better than the movie. A wonderful read full of brilliant imagery, lots of laughs and plenty of tears.
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really liked it
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I read ''Little Altars everywhere'' first and liked it very much, this one was not as good.
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One of my favorite books ever! This book had me laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. Set in the era of my own childhood, there are many recognizable scenes making me feel as if I surely had known these women.
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I adored this book! I felt it was as good as the movie if not better!
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A must read for us Southern gals.
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SiddaLee Walker, at 39, is a creative theatrical director. She prides herself on having escaped her Louisiana hometown and her mother, Vivi Abbot Walker, a local beauty and performer who, in a recent "New York Times" article, is called a "tap-dancing child abuser." A fight over this article erupts between Sidda and Vivi, just when Sidda needs her mother's help with a play she's writing about women's friendships. Eventually, Vivi sends her daughter letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs form the Ya-Ya sisterhood. This group of girlfriends was wild and clever, and stuck in a small town where they were expected to raise babies, not Cain.
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So well done, made me want to rewrite my own life story, to be more like this one. Wouldn't that be fun?
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Very good book.
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I enjoyed this book at the time I read it.
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A nice story for those who enjoy the mushy points of life.
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Great read. I really enjoyed it. Alot better than the movie which most books are. I laughed out loud at some of the adventures of the Ya-
Ya's
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Fun read, somewhat in the "Steel Magnolias" vein.
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I loved this book! Wonderful and fun! There are bits of every one of us in each of Ya-Yas.
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Wonderful...hundreds of times better than the movie
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You'll laugh, you'll cry and mostly you'll see in the characters many of the people you know.
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wonderful book - I feel like it was written about my girlfriends and I
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There's something very "Steel Magnolia'ish" about the Ya-Ya Sisters. It will leave you wanting to know how their lives continued.
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Once again, the book is better than the movie!
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This was a great book. I read it in a few days.
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Everyone should have friends like these.
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Sweet, funny, and sad, the story of a woman's troubled relationship with her mother. You'll laugh and cry.
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Sweet, sad and funny - the story of lifelong friends and their families growing up in Louisiana.
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I laughed out loud!
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Great book, so fun to read!
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Great Read!
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Much better than the movie (aren't they always??)
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It took me reading about three quarters of the book before I was really interested. It has some great stories and great dynamics to ponder, just not an easy-flowing read.
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wow! this is a GREAT book! i really really enjoyed it and i'm glad that i requested it!
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Bitter sweet novel about growing up in the south and the meaning of friendhip
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This was a very good read I thought. Not a page out of your childhood, probably, but an interesting childhood it is!
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Fun, quick read.
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It was good but there are better books. I much prefered The Sweet Potatoe Queens and Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bon's compared to this.
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Wonderful book!! The movie doesn't do it justice.
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Just like the movie.
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my wife and mom thought this was a great read
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When Vivi and Siddalee Walker, an unforgettable mother-daughter team, get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a 'tap-dancing child abuser,' the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together. In 1932, Vivi and the Ya-Yas were disqualified from a Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contest for unladylike behavior. Sixty years later, they're 'bucking 70' and still making waves. With passion and a rare gift for language, Rebecca Wells moves from present to past, unraveling Vivi's life, her enduring friendships with the Ya-Yas, and the reverberations on Siddalee. The collective power of the Ya-Yas, each of them totally individual and authentic, permeates this story of a tribe of Louisiana wild women who are impossible to tame.
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I love anything by Rebecca Wells.
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This is movie cover so you know.
A great book, celebrates the not so "typical" woman, but ones with strong bonds. Share it with your mom!
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If you loved the movie.....you will enjoy the book even more. Lots more details...as is usual with books made into movies.
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This is the verson with the movie cover on it. WIth a big sun flower and small photos of the cast from the movie on the front cover. Other than that it is the same book as the one pictured just a different cover.
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A good read, although disturbing at times. A reflection on a better time, with a dark underbelly.
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If you've only seen the movie, you don't know the whole story! The original novel of the trials and joys of a mother and daughter and the bonds of friendship.
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I liked this book for the most part, but I was expecting something a little more comedic. While there are some laugh-out-loud moments, the elements of child neglect, depression, etc. set a more serious tone. In all, a good read. Great for beach reading!
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Wells is a Louisiana-born Seattle actress and playwright; her loopy saga of a 40-year-old player in Seattle's hot theater scene who must come to terms with her mama's past in steamy Thornton City, Louisiana, reads like a lengthy episode of Designing Women written under the influence of mint juleps and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. The Ya-Yas are the wild circle of girls who swirl around the narrator Siddalee's mama, Vivi, whose vivid voice is "part Scarlett, part Katharine Hepburn, part Tallulah." The Ya-Yas broke the no-booze rule at the cotillion, skinny-dipped their way to jail in the town water tower, disrupted the Shirley Temple look-alike contest, and bonded for life because, as one says, "It's so much fun being a bad girl!"
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Entertaining and funny book women (or men who like books about women) of all ages will enjoy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says: "A big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of 3 generations of crazy bayou debutantes trying to survive marriage, motherhood, and pain, relying always on their love for eachother... A novel of wide reach and lots of colors: fun in a breathless sort of way"
I liked it.
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Wonderful book, great movie
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Very good and entertaining read about a daughter's journey into understanding about her mother.
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Very good book!
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An excellent book.
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This is a great, happy read. Loved the movie and loved the book. Great characters!
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Every mother and daughter, and their girlfriends, should read this together!
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I loved it! I thought it was very entertaining, and I couldn't put it down.
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Rebecca Wells is an amazing author. This is a definate must read for every woman.
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I finally read this book a few months ago, after seeing the movie several times. As usual, the book was much better than the movie.
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Very touching. Much better than the movie.
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This is a great book, enjoyed it more than the movie.
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My favorite book of all time!!! I love it.
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Great book, as so many others have said. I've never seen the movie, so the book was judged on it's on merit.
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Totally enjoyed--a bookclub hit!!!!
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Great book. Sounds like my relationship with my mother half the time. Quick read. Good laughs. A lot about bonding.
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A fun book about the friends, family, the South, and all the things that drive us crazy about relationships.
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I enjoyed this book. Made me wish for my own ya-ya sisterhood.
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Love this book!
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Girl Power Southern Style!!
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Over the years I've read many, many great books. Great as they may have been, only a very small pool of them can I vividly remember or even recommend. This book will be one that will stick with me. The storytelling was magical and transporting. My eldest daughter was reading this at the same time I was and we both loved it.
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Read this a few years ago, and really enjoyed it.
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Much better than the movie.
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Women friends through the years
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Just could not get into this at all, so gave up!
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This is one funny book...If you have seen the movie,you will love the book....
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I love this book.
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This version came out after the movie..good book..
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Best book ever!!!!!
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One of the greatest books I thought it was BETTER then the movie
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If you liked the movie, YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THE BOOK !
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A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between a mother and a daughter.
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I had to read it, because of the hype. It was much better than I expected, not being a fan of "chick lit."
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Surprisingly good (this coming from someone who tries to avoid "hype" books). Ya-Ya earned the hype, though. If you haven't read this, you should!
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Very good.
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not good
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The characters were enjoyable (except, oddly, Sidda, who I thought was kind of boring), but the present-time story seemed to drag. I loved the stories of the past about the Ya-Ya's but Siddalee's storyline was a snooze fest for me.
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Much better than the movie!
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I simply could not get into this book. I read about five pages, and gave up. That was a year ago, and this book has been sitting on my shelf ever since.
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I didn't want to read this book (or Little Altars Everywhere) but finally did and was so glad I gave in!

This book made me laugh, cry, get angry, worry . . . It's the story of 4 young women growing up in Louisiana, and their children. Touches on race, social class, abuse, lost love, family.
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A funny Poignant read
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Entertaining and deeply movingDivine Secrets is about the complex bonds between mother and daughter. You'll laugh and you'll cry, and you'll never look at relationships quite the same.
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Funny, nostalgic
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A great read about Southern women and strong friendships.
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loved it!
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I found this to be an interesting story even though I have not read Book 1 of the Ya Yas. It's a very interesting story of four girls who were best friends all their lives. It is sometimes sad, sometimes funny and heartwrenching at times.
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This is the book that inspired the movie. The book has many more insights into the ya-yas and is just awesome. #1 National Bestseller.
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Pretty much everyone knows about this book by now, but in case you missed it, or the movie, you;ll want to make up for lost time.
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Loved it- had to read it again!
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When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.
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I really enjoyed this book. It make you laugh and want to cry. I read the prequil, Little Alters Everywhere, before this and it really added so much to this book!
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A witty quick read
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Very good book. Made me alternately laugh and cry. Great story of life and friendship.
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To me the book seemed to wander at times and I enjoyed the back stories of the Ya-Ya's more than the main story. I am looking forward to reading the new book that has just come out.
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The book was MUCH better than the movie.
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If you are from the south you will love this book. It is funny and witty. I really enjoyed it, I also liked the movie!!
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Very much enjoyed this book. It may take a few pages to get "into" it, but give it a one chapter chance, and you will be hooked!
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Love it, love it, love it! Vivi Walker and her friends did the sorts of things that "nice girls" only dream of doing. So much clean fun!
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Book was much better than the movie! Exellent, fast read!
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A great summer read. More in-depth than the movie and a pretty quick read. I enjoyed it!
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Fun chick-lit with fantastic, flawed characters
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A classic read for the young girls out there
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When Vivi and Siddalee Walker, an unforgettable mother-daughter team, get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a 'tap-dancing child abuser,' the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together. In 1932, Vivi and the Ya-Yas were disqualified from a Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contest for unladylike behavior. Sixty years later, they're 'bucking 70' and still making waves. With passion and a rare gift for language, Rebecca Wells moves from present to past, unraveling Vivi's life, her enduring friendships with the Ya-Yas, and the reverberations on Siddalee. The collective power of the Ya-Yas, each of them totally individual and authentic, permeates this story of a tribe of Louisiana wild women who are impossible to tame.
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So much better than the movie
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great story about the bond between mother and daughter
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An absolutely fun read with the relationships among the 'Ya-Ya's' covering all emotions.
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Just as cute as the movie (or maybe more so!) YA-YA!!
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A novel about the comlex bonds between a mother and daughter...great book!
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The Ya-Yas are bonded for life in an unforgettable exploration of the complexities of mother-daughter relationships and the power of female friendship. "A rattling good read, incorporating high drama, sultry sensuality and Southern charm."
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Fun, quick read
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A great romp!
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What an incredible Book. Loved it!
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought Wells beautifully captured location and time that we won't see again. I loved the enduring friendships and the use of the scrapbook to tell the stories was quite clever.
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A great collection of charactors . Interesting especially for a mother who has daughters to read.
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A great book. VEry touching.
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Very entertaining
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Reading group guide (and recipes) available at ya-ya.com. The 2002 movie starred Sandra Bullock. Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flanagan, James Garner, Ashley Judd, Shirley Knight, and Maggie Smith.

From Library Journal
When a reporter uses upcoming theatrical director Siddalee Walker's description of her mother, Vivi, as a "tap-dancing child abuser," Vivi casts her daughter out of her life. Sidda, feeling unloved and unlovable, postpones her wedding and retreats to Washington State's Olympic Peninsula to try to understand why she cannot sustain emotional relationships. Vivi's three lifelong friends (known collectively as the "Ya-Yas") persuade her to send Sidda the scrapbook filled with mementos of Vivi's life in the small Central Louisiana town where she grew up, married, and raised her family. Paging through the scrapbook, Sidda begins to glimpse the dark shadows in her mother's life. The narrative deftly switches between first- and third-person viewpoints, from Vivi's past as revealed in the scrapbook to Sidda's childhood guilt about failing her mother. Wells (Little Altars Everywhere) demonstrates that with knowledge can come forgiveness. She has written an entertaining and engrossing novel filled with humor and heartbreak. Readers will envy Vivi her Ya-Ya "sisters" and Sidda her lover, who is one of the most appealing men to be found in recent mainstream fiction. This entirely satisfactory novel belongs in public libraries of all sizes.
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I thought it was much better then the movie!
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An Oprah best!
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good book
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Performed, not read, by the author is the key here. This highly spirited interpretation of the cult classic is, like the book, full of humor and surprises. It captures with ease the powerful lifelong friendship between four Southern women, the Ya-Ya's: Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie. The author endows each of her charming characters with an inimitable Southern accent, from a low rumble for the aging oxygen-tank-carrying Caro, to the fresh innocent voice of Vivi as a child. The story moves back and forth from present to past when Vivi's daughter, Sidda, is faced with a crisis and is given the golden opportunity to explore the history of these devoted pals through her mother's secret scrapbook. Her journey is sprinkled with her own memories of her irrepressible and irresistible mother, and she is rewarded with glimpses of true love and loyalty against an often hilarious and poignant backdrop of life in the rural South.
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"A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between a mother and a daughter" Washington Post
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"This is the sweet and sad and goofy monkey-dance of life, as performed by a bevy of unforgettable Southern belles in a verdant garden of moonlit prose. Poignantly coo-coo, the Ya-Yas (and their Petites Ya-Yas) will prance, priss, ponder, and party their way into your sincere affection." Tom Robbins

I watched the movie instead!
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The story moved quickly. It shows a nice bridge between generations.
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A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between a mother and a daughter. This novel has been made into a movie by Warner Bros Pictures starring Ashley Judd, James Garner and others.
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I laughed out loud with this book. Great story.
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used. scratched and small tears on cover. paperback
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Loved the book. So much better than the movie, and wonderfully funny.
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Popular series of books. This one was made into a movie.
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Alternately entertaining and touching, this is a well written story that should not be considered mere chick lit. Excellent portrayal of the trouble mother-daughter relationship and the problem of coming to terms with imperfection. Well written with vivid characters.
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I loved this book so much I had to read it twice.
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One of my favorite books! I have read and re-read this book several times, the movie just does not do it justice!
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Abridged
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Very popular book and movie. I wasn't really feeling it, but to each her own.
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This is a nice abridgement of the popular novel about the relationships between friends, mothers, and daughters.
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A look at the lives of four friends through childhood, marriage, and motherhood.
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Read by the author, Rebecca Wells. Excellent!!!
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Good listen. It IS abridged though. I had not read the book and still got the story just fine.
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my copy has a little pen on the back from my toddler
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An enjoyable read!
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One of my all time favorite books.
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Love it! Better than the movie...
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I didn't read, but I assume it is like the movie.
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When Siddalee, eldest daughter of Vivi is interviewed about a hit play she has directed, her mother is described as a "tap-dancing child abuser". Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda - devastating her daughter who postpones her wedding and puts her life on hold until she is granted forgiveness.
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More of the Ya-Ya antics! I preferred Little Alters Everywhere to this book. I did not finish the book.
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It's all been said, but this copy is not perfect--it's been 'loved'. There is nothing wrong with it, though, but wear-and-tear...
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great read!
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Every woman should read novels like "Ya Ya.." There's a little YA YA in us all...I have two copies, and read it yearly. Definitely a generational share.
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Ended up with two copies of this book somehow
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"This is the sweet and sad and goofy monkey-dance of life, as performed by a bevy of unforgettable Southern belles in a verdant garden of moonlit prose. Poignantly coo-coo, the Ya-Yas (and their Petites Ya-Yas) will prance, priss, ponder, and party their way into your since affection." (Tom Robbins)

"A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between a mother and daughter." (Washington Post)
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The Barnes & Noble Review
A powerfully literate yet thoroughly engaging and accessible novel, this story of a close-knit society of southern women has become a modern cult classic bolstered by author Rebecca Wells's abiltity to transcend standard-issue chick lit with bold and unique characters and a tale that digs deeply into the complex bonds of family.

The entangled story of actress Siddalee Walker, her mother Vivi, and Vivi's group of pals -- the Ya-Yas -- gets off to a heated start when Sidda's disparaging remarks about her mother run in the New York Times. Vivi declares all-out war and immediately cuts Sidda out of her will, pushes a libel suit, and forbids the other septuagenarian Ya-Ya's to speak to Sidda ever again. Convinced she doesn't "know how to love," a shaken Sidda postpones her upcoming wedding and flees to a remote Washington cabin. Suddenly concerned about her daughter, Vivi convenes an emergency Ya-Ya council and at last decides to reveal her jealously guarded past to Sidda through her treasured scrapbook, "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

The scrapbook spans Ya-Ya history, documenting among other things the hilarious Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contest that first united the four women in a conspiracy against polite society; the secret history and initiation rites of the group; a trip to Atlanta to attend the premier of Gone With The Wind; and Vivi's first and greatest love. It also sheds light on Vivi's reaction to the constraints of motherhood and the alcoholism, self-medication, and spiritual confusion that eventually led to a complete nervous breakdown. Also buried in the book is the key that unlocks Sidda's childhood memory of a lost lesson of love and brings her to a new understanding of her family's shared triumphs and tragedies.

Much more universal in its appeal than the "women's book" some reviewers have been tempted to call it (according to Wells, "It's a book for women -- and smart men"), The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood manages with passion, humor, and an irrepressible gift for language to somehow show readers of all backgrounds a mirror-perfect reflection of their own life experiences. (Greg Marrs)
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Great read. Nicely used book. Some cover wear
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I have not read this...The print was too small for these old eyes to read.