Ya Yas in Bloom

Ya Yas in Bloom An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells much loved previous novels Ya Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya Yas friendship in the s and roars through the years of marriage child r

An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells much loved previous novels, Ya Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya Yas friendship in the 1930s and roars through the 60 years of marriage, child raising, and hair raising family secrets.

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Ya Yas in Bloom

  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. Now that I have read all three of Rebecca Well s Ya Ya books, I can honestly say that while Divine Secrets was the most intellectually satisfying of the three, Ya Ya s in Bloom was the most emotionally satisfying It s mostly a matter of tone The books seem somewhat like a continuum or maybe like working through the stages of grief and recovery In Little Altars Everywhere, I felt the author dwelled on the broken, angry, bitter aspects of the Walker family history In Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya S [...]

  2. seriously, it s as if she was drunk when she wrote this or gave it to her child to write or gave it to her drunk child to write don t read it, don t don t don tbut if you DO read it, make sure you read and fall in love with the first two books first

  3. I adore the Ya Yas I have read this and the other two books about them before, seen the movie countless times, and often wished to BE a Ya Ya This was my first time audio ing one Judith Ivey was the perfect narrator Her accent was spot on, she did the voices which I usually hate on audio perfectly, and if she wasn t tipsy when she was relaying a story from Vivi s POV, then she is one of the best actresses I have ever heard I actually prefer this book and Little Altars Everywhere A Novel to Divin [...]

  4. Where do I begin First, I know this has nothing to do with the actual story, but I needed a place to vent my frustration I also know that I shouldn t be so superficial nor should I judge a book by it s cover, but I have to say a serious, okay maybe not significantly so, but still, a distraction was the author s glamour shot on the back cover Those ultra short, choppy bangs and drawn in eyebrows turn what would otherwise be an okay face into an old lady who looks like she is trying way too hard S [...]

  5. Worst Book Ever.What felt so cheap was the glaring disregard of continuity, as in the film biz type where a scene in a later take Must match the scene in a previous take.Here, we have Caro serving the kids chili and cornbread, and on the Facing Page, fer Krisesakes, one of the kids snatches another slice of garlic bread Another glaring lapse Vivi learns about the Globe, pours herself a gin and tonic, downs it, fixes another and takes it to the guest house where Baylor is playing with it She beco [...]

  6. The familiar and much loved characters of the Ya Ya series return in a collection of short stories As always, I enjoyed the writing style, rich characters and Louisiana setting a personal favourite of mine I felt the additional character development of Baylor particularly interesting a sensitive man who refuses to carry a gun or kill a deer but still goes hunting with the other masculine characters The closeness of Baylor s relationship with his wife and children was touching I was left wanting [...]

  7. I read Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and enjoyed it This books gives a little of this group s history It tells how Vivi, Caro, Teensy, and Necie meet back in the 1930 s and mostly follows Vivi s family If you enjoyed the other book and this cast of characters you will like this book with the Southern flair with stories from the 1960s and then currently 1994 A fun light read.

  8. I saw this book in a miscellaneous pile at the library and picked it up by chance I had no idea where the book lay in the chronology of the series and was very excited to see that it was short story format, like Little Altars Everywhere However, it was obvious within the first few paragraphs that this is a new book that tries unsuccessfully to tap into the old vibe As other readers have already commented, it really feels like an obligation to the publishers and or public, and not at all a book t [...]

  9. I have kind of mixed feelings about the book While I love the characters, and have enjoyed all three of the books about them, this book left me with some feelings that I need to sit and think on While reading the previous two books, I remember thinking how wonderful to have such a close knit group of friends to form a life long circle of support and safety In this book, the vignettes about two other local women a mother and daughter made me think about the exclusivity of the group, even across g [...]

  10. If I had read this ten years ago, I probably would have given it five stars After all, in high school, I was obsessed with all things Ya Ya Seriously I read Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets multiple times I loved Sidda and her artistic take on the world I loved the idea of friends being best friends since childhood I loved the Southern phrases and the references to entertainers through the decades And, of course, I loved the drama of it all Now, while I enjoy the books, I see of Well [...]

  11. Another delightful Ya Ya book from Rebecca Wells Ya Yas in Bloom is told from multiple viewpoints, with some stand alone chapters Other chapters offer multiple views of the same storyline There is not a cohesive storyline tying everything together like there was in The Ya Ya Sisterhood This book is about snapshots in time, told from the perspective of different characters We do get to learn a little bit about the male characters of the Ya Ya world This book was a fast and enjoyable read and I [...]

  12. Listening to Judith Ivey performing these characters is as good as a Broadway show I laughed, I cried, I held my breath and pulled the car over so I could listen The book itself is really just a bunch of unconnected character sketches that jump around in time, with no plot and no consistent perspectives I get the feeling that it was published directly from the author s notebook, where she had written back stories on her characters and their children that never made it into the Ya Ya Sisterhood S [...]

  13. I read the first two YaYa books many years ago Little Altars Everywhere and the Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood I remember them as being a pretty fun read, but this book seemed to try to hard It was almost like a really bad sequel that just didn t need to be made The story jumped all over the place, giving the reader pieces of the 30 s, the 60 s, and the 90 s I walked away from the end of the book thinking, so what I couldn t be bothered with the sloppy plot line.

  14. You always hope a sequel will be exciting after all, your favorite characters get a chance to continue their stories and you can follow their lives a little this one was lackluster and seemed to bounce around to various eras, which was a little confusing to say the least The writing was decent, but also seemed to pepper in a lot of curse words or catchphrases just for show.

  15. I loved this book I liked the individual stories of different characters and spread over the years of the Ya Yas The ending seemed somewhat contrived but the Ya Yas deserved a happy ending.

  16. I loved this whole series underneath all the craziness and issues the four ladies face this is a story of friendship and family teaching the lesson that family isn t always just blood.

  17. This is the third in the Ya Yas series, but I read it first because I grabbed the audio off the sale table at my library for 1 I didn t really expect to like it as much as I did I don t know, the covers of this series of books always seemed a little strange to me Well, don t judge a book by its cover proved, once again, to be very true I loved it The audio has the added advantage of enabling the listener to experience the southern drawls of the characters which, for a life long Yankee girl like [...]

  18. Somehow better than The Divine Secrets but still, not a book I would necessarily recommend The timeline gets super confusing and there are so many irrelevant details I have the feeling that Wells just didn t realize that the story should have finished with the second book, so she just wrote this trying to give us EVEN MORE insight on the characters, which was a failed endeavor from the start We already knew everything there was to know about the Ya Yas and the Walker children, so this book ended [...]

  19. If you enjoyed Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and you were intrigued by the darker and deeper story in Little Alters Everywhere, I recommend stopping theren t read the last book Following Little Alters, Ya Yas in Bloom is a bit disingenuous It reads like the author was trying to convince the reader that life wasn t that bad for the Walker children, although in Divine Secrets and in Little Alters, it is pretty clear the children at Pecan Grove are scarred from their childhood and even as [...]

  20. Despite all of the many plot holes intentional Family histories always tend to have a lot of those I want to curl up and live in these books.

  21. Ya Yas in Bloom is the last book in the series, and I liked it only slightly than Divine Secrets Wells opts to change up the narrators again, bouncing between the Ya Yas and the Ya Yas Petites, as they jump from past memories to present states discussing religion, parties, antics, and relationships This book is also shorter than the last two at just 258 pages, making it seem to me a much quicker read.In the last of the series, the Ya Yas and their children are delving into stories from the pas [...]

  22. Rating 3.75Enjoyed this following a reread of Divine Secrets More of a vignette vs the story line of Divine Secrets In fact, this completes the YaYa story for me Let s hear it for Baylor.

  23. Sadly lacked the charm of Divine Secrets , which I reread this summer and really loved I m not sure why this one is so much worse.

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