Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood 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 chil

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 toWhen 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, than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.

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  1. 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 her siblings the beginnings of her career as an actress and writer for the stage She recalls her early influences as being the land around her, harvest times, craw fishing in the bayou, practicing piano after school, dancing with her mother and brothers and sister, and the close relationship to her black mother who cleaned for the Wells household She counts black music and culture from Louisiana as something that will stay in her body s memory forever.In high school, she read Walt Whitman s I Sing the Body Electric, which opened her up to the idea that everything in life is a poem, and that, as she says, We are not born separately from one another She also read Howl, Allen Ginsberg s indictment of the strangling consumer driven American culture he saw around him Acting in school and summer youth theater productions freed Rebecca to step out of the social hierarchies of high school and into the joys of walking inside another character and living in another world.The day after she graduated from high school, Rebecca left for Yellowstone National Park, where she worked as a waitress It was an introduction to the natural glories of the park mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and geysers as well as to the art of hitchhiking.Rebecca graduated from Louisiana State University LSU in Baton Rouge, where she studied theater, English, and psychology She performed in many college plays, but also stepped outside the theater department to become awakened to women s politics During this time she worked as a cocktail waitress once accidentally kicking a man in the shins when he slipped a ten dollar bill down the front of her dress and began keeping a journal after reading Anais Nin, which she has done ever since.Click here to read

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  1. When I was pregnant with my oldest child, a girl, I had a dream In my dream, I was in the hospital, postpartum, holding not the one child I knew that I had been pregnant with but two children Both girls One of my baby girls was quiet, observant, peaceful She had big, open eyes that reflected her big, open heart The other child was physically larger than the other baby and it s complete opposite Ugly, angry, needy I sat there holding both babies in their swaddling clothes while the one cried and [...]

  2. Rebecca Wells can think up a few succulent stories, but her writing is absolute fast food It left me depressed to think that women are encouraged to read so called chick lit on the basis that they only need a few sentimental tales about love, friendship, and or family to satisfy them, no matter how infantile the writing style or half baked the arguments view spoiler Of COURSE the story had to end with a big white wedding That signifies catharsis in every woman s life, right By the end of the boo [...]

  3. I think Vivi WAS a tap dancing child abuser Any discussion of this fact ends at the being whipped with the belt scene Vivi had no right to be enraged when this fact comes to light she should have been embarrassed, yes Her daughter arguably should not have revealed this dirty laundry but should have worked it through with her mother privately.According to this book, a scrapbook of silly adventures with Vivi s zany friends makes that behavior forgivablet an apology or explanation from Vivi Daughte [...]

  4. Onvan Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Nevisande Rebecca Wells ISBN 006075995X ISBN13 9780060759957 Dar 383 Safhe Saal e Chap 1996

  5. I am so tired of this sort of storyline A group of Southern women who form a timeless bond of woman ness and Southern ness and triumph in the face of all hardship because they are delicate as blossoms yet strong and fierce That said, when entering a genre so well covered and sticky sweet, one must do something to make one s work stand out I believe Rebecca Wells does an above average job at this, and her book was a fun and easy read It was hardly ground breaking, nor did I find it moving, and I [...]

  6. I m having a hard time deciding if I liked this book or not On the surface, not so much About 30 pages in, I wasn t sure if I was going to make it through, or if I was going to go insane if I saw the word Ya Ya one time.There were some things that I liked about it Friendship that endures, closer than blood Knowing there s always someone there in your corner, and they ve been there your whole life Daughters learning that Mom had a life before she became a Mother, and has a separate identity apar [...]

  7. Seriously not my cup of tea Cutsey language, sentimentality run amok, and a deep sense of nostalgia for times that, well, I couldn t possibly feel nostalgic for I m not sure how an abusive mother is supposed to be funny or colorful, nor how transferring your disfunction onto you children is to be held up like a badge of honor Maybe I needed to have crazy parents to understand it.

  8. When the whole Ya Ya craze was going on, my book club decided we d better read it to see what all the fuss was about In the end, we had to take a vote ya ya if you liked it no no if you didn t I fell into the no no group I found it disturbing that hordes of women were flocking to this book that is really about completely dysfunctional families and marriages and a really unhealthy attachment to friends from the past It made me wonder what s going on with women that this kind of co dependent group [...]

  9. My mother and her Ya Ya s were called the sisters of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Charleston S.C I grew up on the marshes watching them swing dance, shuck oysters and throwing what always seemed like a never ending festival that celebrated life They did community work and supported the local theatre, but mostly they just had a good time I grew up in the whirlwind of color and laughter that now seems only like a distant dream Momma passed 18 years ago and I don t think I will ever be the same I mis [...]

  10. To borrow an expression from the book, this sucker is Tr s ya ya no How can a writer so obsessed with small town aristocracy manage to slip in so many references to peeing in one s pants I never manage to abandon books once I ve started them, even when they re utter and total tripe Thank goodness this reads fast so I didn t waste any of my life on it I seem to be missing the Chick Lit Gene I just flat out do not understand, or identify with, this kind of writing I m not like this My friends are [...]

  11. Oh I loved this book I had a very complicated relationship with my mother and though a cliche, I could well relate to that aspect of the book I also love the movie, but I love the book I read it just before the movie came out I ve also battled severe depression and this book and movie is near to my heart Overall, the details, descriptions relationships are just amazing Ms Wells has Lyme disease and has had a horrible past few years, and when I joined the message boards on her website, I mention [...]

  12. Much of this book I found really aggravating the unthinking privilege of the Ya Yas, their total narcissism, the constant and tedious drama and yet I found myself looking forward to my lunch breaks so I could read it Despite the foreignness of the situations and location, the class and race, there was still enough of my mother and me in Vivi and Siddalee Walker to make the book resonate with me In the end, that s what I enjoyed not quite the right word you know what I mean, though most but that [...]

  13. Has anyone else read this book and thought it sucked I was very disappointed in it I started off excited to read this book and that s where that enthusiasm left me.To start Wow religious There are some books that make me go hmm you re religious I get your sense of peace from it Or I can also read it and go ok you are one of the crazy religious people that are scary This book was just like STOP TALKING ABOUT RELIGION No one practiced what was preached and so I don t really understand the necessit [...]

  14. This book may be entertaining for someone who likes gossip so much, because here you can get to know all the juicy events that happened in the youth and life of four women who were best friends and thought they were absolutely amazing and called themselves the Ya Yas.So, this story starts when a Petite Ya Ya, that s how the Ya Yas called their daughters, not so petite any let escape in an interview with the New York Times that her mother, the awesome Vivi, used to hit her Vivi becomes so mad at [...]

  15. The only thing better than reading about dysfunctional, alcohlic, crazy families is reading about dysfunctional, alcoholic, crazy Catholic families Who are Southern Every now and then I ll sit down and reread the chapter where Vivi and her friends fourteen at the time travel to Atlanta by themselves for the premiere of Gone With the Wind and Vivi ends up throwing a plate at her cousin when he insults one of the maids Then there s the time the girls enter a Shirley Temple lookalike contest and ge [...]

  16. If you don t find these women as adorable and outrageous as they find themselves, you are really going to hate this book And I did.

  17. This book speaks so true to core of what I feel That core is being who you REALLY authentically are and having people in your life who know truly know you Vivi Walker is a part of me, I think I have a bit of her in me and I identified with her character than ever WAnting to be a star, something special and bigger than the small town she grew up in Always feeling like NO ONE understood her Life circumstances hit and she remains in that same small town with a group of female friends who have been [...]

  18. Grab a girlfriend, drink mint juleps and toast to sisterhood This book shares all the details of the close relationships girlfriends share.

  19. Wow, this book got some harsh reviews I will agree that the whole southern friendship pact was over the top, but I think that Wells was trying to present a rare friendship and an outlandish character in Viviane These girls grew up without air conditioning and television they needed some pretty big distractions just to cope with the heat and the boredom My mother in law grew up in Georgia, and remembers some pretty crazy characters from her youth and some wild stories in her own family Having lis [...]

  20. Disappointed Overly romanticized I really wanted to like this book and I gave it 2 stars because it had potential but unfortunate Wells butchered it and her editor didn t stop it with all the ridiculous descriptions Pet peeve I hate being told exactly how a character feels over and over, it takes away any personal interpretation or imagination.

  21. I must be a masochist of sorts to have put myself through this book The word that constantly came to mind when i read this book was contrived Everything felt so contrived about this book The characters, especially the four primary members of ya ya Each had a character that seemed to have been pushed on them, and each of their conversations played out like a badly rehearsed school play Very mechanical, and very predictable There seemed to be a lot of characters and information in the book that di [...]

  22. I m glad this was quite a fast read, because I didn t find it all that enjoyable I disliked the main characters from the beginning I thought Vivi was arrogant, selfish, manipulative and someone who finds herself better, important and deserving than others, and I found Sidda whiny I wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up and stop whining and feeling sorry for herself and get over it and the writing wasn t that good either It felt like a lot of blablabla, especially the parts involving adul [...]

  23. I found this book pretty weird The child abuse was so lightly dealt with and it s still abuse if it only happens once Physical abuse, even on just one occasion, sticks in your mind Especially when you re a child and you haven t had that many experiences yet It s not something to be just dismissed and so easily forgiven.That kind of distracted me from the supposedly awesome stuff about this novel.Also, such melodrama Cut it out, guys.

  24. Divine Secrets is spectacular Definitely pass on my reccommendation Also, guys, I think you ESPECIALLY need to read this book if you re at all confused about women It will give you a spectacular insight Modern classic Highly reccommended Also, if you get the opportunity, watch the film Its incredibly different from the book, but that s how these things go Still a spectacular movie.

  25. Sidda is a 40 year old woman who has just put her wedding plans on hold because of 2 things 1 She had a falling out with her mother due to an article in the NY Times that suggested to the world the Vivi raised Sidda and her siblings with the threats of child beating to keep them in line.2 She is having a mid life crisis of sorts in where she is having a hard time coming to terms with some of the things that happened in her childhood with respects to Vivi Because of these life altering issues tha [...]

  26. Love, loss, and forgiveness, with fiercely wordy dialogue and written like a screenplay, as if the author wanted to save time in the adaptation phase A love letter to Louisiana which I understand completely , and a missive about how when you hit middle age, you need to realize that you re just not the centre of the universe after all, and you should forgive your mother for being human In my 46 years of being female, I have never had drippy, syrupy, girly, bridesmaid relationships anything like t [...]

  27. I read it because of the movie In this instance, the movie was better A woman who had a troubled childhood, in this case it was Sandra Bullock, was estranged from her mother A close friend of her mother s takes her back in time to see why her mother is the way she is Excellent movie Pretty good book.

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