Book Reviews of Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1)

Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1)
Little Altars Everywhere - Ya Yas, Bk 1
Author: Rebecca Wells
ISBN-13: 9780060976842
ISBN-10: 0060976845
Publication Date: 5/22/1996
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 614 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This book goes hand-in-hand with Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

I honestly can't remember which one I read first . . . I don't think it matters as you can read either of them first and second and you won't be out of order.

Both books chronicle the history of 4 women in Louisiana. See my review for the other book -- both books touch on the same themes.
c-squared avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 181 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Another great Ya-Ya book -- Wells effortlessly tells the story through the voices of everyone involved. (A lot of the movie "Ya-Ya Sisterhood" was taken from this book.)
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Helpful Score: 3
One of my favorite books of all time. I laughed out loud uncontrollably in several places.
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Helpful Score: 3
excellent read if you enjoyed the YA-YA's or appreciate the gumbo that is the Great State of Louisiana.
xserafinx avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 78 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
"Richer, darker and deeper than the second book or the movie, this book truly is a 'must' read if you want to understand the Walker family, especially the mystery who is Viviane Abbot Walker.

Starting as a simple short story ("Looking for My Mules," with Shep, Viviane and an old man lost on their farm), Rebecca Wells' tales of growing up in Louisiana in a less than perfect home grew first into Little Altars Everywhere, then into the Divine Secrets book and movie. Each chapter contains a well crafted short story, told from the viewpoint of different characters. Each chapter offers a title with the name of the narrator and year they are talking in. In some cases, the titles are enough to draw you in (Catfish Dreams; E-Z Boy War; The Princess of Gimmee.)

From the 60's to the 90's, each story offers a simple, but meaningful slice of the entire Walker family's story. Some are told in the present, some are memories of what happened long ago. The chapters weave together to give you a wider view of what was going on from different perspectives.

As you read, you'll find yourself piecing together the story of Sidalee, her siblings, her mother Vivi and father Shep, as well as Willetta and Chaney, the black couple who were hired help, and who have an outside view of the family.

Don't stop reading with this book, or you'll miss a view of the whole person -- doting mother, child abuser, unloved child, shattered schoolgirl, broken hearted, passionate lover, distant wife and mother as well as a view of Shep as a fallible human being and how he contributed to Vivi's 'condition' and the affect it had on their children.

A treasure of a book, you may find it more unsettling than the movie or the second book. Excellent writing, it will leave you wanting to know more (unless you've already read the second book!)"
- Dale A. Blanchard
jdyinva avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 408 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
If you loved "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," you'll enjoy this one too. Funny and sad and satisfying.
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Helpful Score: 2
Just as good as The Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not as good as the first book, but still a good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great follow up to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
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Helpful Score: 1
Lighthearted and funny. I am from Lousisiana, and enjoyed reading all about the ways of people. Good read!
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Helpful Score: 1
The first book by the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, it tells the backstories of the Ya-Ya characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good read, especially if you read it along with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood, this is the begining of the Ya yas.
Bettyann avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Rebecca Wells' long-awaited first novel is a brillant piece of work...a structural tour de force...a classic Southern tale of dysfunctional and marginal madness. The author's gift for giving life to so many voices leves the reader profoundly moved." This is one of my very favorite authors and books. I will immediately buy and read anything she writes. This is an awesome book!
reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Rebecca Wells' first novel, set in the South, is filled with interesting and dysfunctional (in a good sense) characters. Our book club read it; ratings ranged from 5-8 (10 is the max).
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Helpful Score: 1
Wells presents an astonishing family of voices, potent in its pain, dazzingly brilliant in its stretches and perceptions. Thisx hilariously sad immersion into walker family of Thorton Loiusiana will leave few readers unchanged.
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Helpful Score: 1
An enjoyable book. I love to have glimpses into the Southern culture.
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Helpful Score: 1
wonderful characters set in the south
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Helpful Score: 1
Story about friends and family.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you like the Ya Ya's, you will love this book.
JustJen avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 75 more book reviews
I just couldn't get into this book. I read 2 chapters and gave up. However I didn't like Ya-Ya sisterhood either so maybe that is why.
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If you've read "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" you've got to read this one! Great book!!
phillyartlovesbooks avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 59 more book reviews
If you laughed (cried) like I did at \"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,\" then you\'ll love this \"prequel!\"
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The basis for The Divie Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
sophiedog avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
I liked this book overall...it is sometimes hard to read about totally disfunctional people...but can be mildly entertaining at the same time.
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I loved this book. I loved the characters and the descriptive history and how the relationships intertwined. I loved the writing style. I really cared about these characters. Great read.
MissyRose avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 32 more book reviews
Growing up story of a daughter of one of the "Ya-Yas". I enjoyed it, but also found it unsettling at times. First one of the series I've read. Don't know if I'll read the rest.
reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
The book was so-so. It was interesting to a point but not interesting enough for me to finish reading. I've read Ya-Ya books before and they're ok but guess on the whole, not my cup of tea. If you like Ya-Ya, I guess you would like this one though it jumps around a lot.
reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on
Great read. anyone raised in the south will recognize someone here...hopefully, minus the child abuse/neglect :-/ but still...a great read.
Ju1ieD avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
I loved this book I guess because it reminded me a bit of my own crazy, dysfunctional childhood. Fun to read. Funny and tragic all at the same time.
ajpc avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 22 more book reviews
Good southern literature. Great characters. Looking forward to reading Wells' next book.
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Precursor to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood-- great read!
rfdudley avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 75 more book reviews
It's been a while since I read this but I do remember liking it a lot. I read this one "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood".
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Simply delightful.
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I love it.
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EXCELLENT!
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disappointing since having read Well's other books, a bit boring in the beginning.
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A classic Southern tale of dysfunctional and marginal madness. The author's gift for giving life to so many voices leaves the reader profoundly moved! Great reading!
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I'm glad I read this one before Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. It was a quick, insightful read.
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Very enjoyable - should read BEFORE Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood
reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 115 more book reviews
Her first novel about the Walker clan of Thornton, Louisianna. Wonderful characters and a great Southern tale of dysfunction and marginal madness.
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This was a great book! I really got into the story. Now I am starting Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood which follows this book.
Clark6122 avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 21 more book reviews
This was a very "different" book.
It tells the story of a family from Thornton, Louisana. At times funny at times sad and disturbing.
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I loved this book so much....it's a favorite!!!
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This is the prequel to Divine Sisters of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I wish I had read it first, but it fleshes out a lot of what the DSYYS did not. Enjoyable read, although some of the characters are not loveable.
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Great book. A great prequel to Divine Secrest of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
chrysanthemum avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 65 more book reviews
now i want to read dive secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood
buttaflies79 avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 61 more book reviews
I was hesitant at first to read this...because every chapter was told in a different characters point of view but I am a huge fan of the Yaya's it was a good book ;)
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Probably my favorite author.
gbyerl avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Just as good as the Ya Ya Sisterhood...
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The first novel of the Ya-Yas, this one has some of the backstory to the stories told in "Divine Secrets".
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This book made me laugh out loud!
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A lot of fun
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Another great book by the author of the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood!
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The pre-sequel to Ya-Ya's. Good reading. I strongly recommend reading this book prior to Ya-Ya.
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I loved this book almost as much as the Devine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. It's a "prequel" almost, written chapter-by-chapter from the points of view of different characters, taking place during the times the Ya-Yas were women with school-aged children. Lovely picture of Southern living in the 1960s and also haunting at times. Funny throughout.
Bernie avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on
et in the early 60's and 90's in small-town Louisiana. The story is narrated in turn by members of a curiously likable family--of terrible parents and unstrung kids--and by a pair of depressingly noble black servants. After a 1991 erotic dream tribute to Mama Viviane by daughter Siddalee, Part I begins with Siddalee, in 1963, telling of the Girl Scout camping weekend led by Mama and one of her ``Ya-Ya'' chums. (The Ya-Yas drink bourbon and branch water, play a kind of poker and shout and drink again, and call everyone ``Dahling'' like their idol Tallulah.) Meanwhile, those moments that ``came and went,'' the chances to be kind and set things right, are on the mind of Daddy, ``Big Shep,'' in his story. Both parents are awash in self- pity, feel threatened, and, to make things worse, Big Shep is not really one of the Old Boys, being Baptist (he talks to ``Old Podnah'' in the fields) and a farmer. Viviane feels no one knows what she really is and hates Siddalee's love of books: ``Life is not a book. You can't just walk away from it when it gets boring and you get tired.'' The parents drink away the silences within, while the children see all but don't really know all--until Part II and 1991, when they remember and examine their memories with hatred, bitterness, and, crazily, adult love. The servants disclose terrible cruelty; one son discloses sexual abuse; and another son pays witty tribute to the homeland and people in bitter cynicism and true affection. Wells's people pop with life, but it's quite a stretch from a sour mash Auntie Mame to an abusive Mommie Dearest without some fictional coherence; here, violence seems grafted rather than grown. But Wells's view of Mama Vivi and a Ya-Ya, bagged to the ears and rocketing down the road, is memorable.
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It was hard for me to read because Id seen the YaYa Sisterhood movie and I kept picturing James Garner as the father. I like James Garner, however I found the father in the book to be unlikable, thus the conflict. The movie made it seem like the characters were eccentric and fun, reading the book I got the impression that they were certifiable and I kept wondering where child protective services was.

I think I want to read the YaYa Sisterhood eventually, just to see if the characters in the book stay true to form.
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A deceptive book. Seems like a light and sassy novel about Southern ladies, but oh, the disfuncion that lies just under the surface. Some sections seem a little overwrought, but given the subject matter, I would say she managed to pull it of rather well.
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The prequel to The Ya Yas, this is a more serious and thoughtful book about the origins of mental illness and child abuse and neglect. Very moving book!
Breninithaca avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 376 more book reviews
Second book in the series of three.
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a little yellow on pages. not bad...still readable..just an older book
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The story of the children of Viviane from the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
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This is a great story about the Ya-Ya sisters. This is almost funnier than the other one. The girls get themselves into some really funny adventures.
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A cute story..part of 'the divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood.'
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Another great Ya Ya book, once you start you can't quit!
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If you love the Ya-Yas!
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The Ya-yas: the early years.
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A sequel to the famous Ya-Ya Sisterhoos, this story covers the lives of the Ya-Ya's children.
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The first novel by the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
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A great first novel
booklady4 avatar reviewed Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Yas, Bk 1) on + 28 more book reviews
This is a large size paperback.