Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells Summary

“A big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of three generations of crazy bayou debutantes.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution “A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between mother and daughter.” —Washington Post “Mary McCarthy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and a host of others have portrayed the power and value of female friendships, but no one has done it with more grace, charm, talent, and power than Rebecca Wells.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch The incomparable #1 New York Times bestseller—a book that reigned at the top of the list for an remarkable sixty-eight weeks—Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic of Southern women’s fiction to be read and reread over and over again. A poignant, funny, outrageous, and wise novel about a lifetime friendship between four Southern women, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood brilliantly explores the bonds of female friendship, the often-rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of humor and love, in a story as fresh and uplifting as when it was first published a decade and a half ago. If you haven’t yet met the Ya-Yas, what are you waiting for?

Les divins secrets des petites ya-ya

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« Une danseuse de claquettes maltraite ses enfants... » Quand Vivi Walker lit dans le Sunday New York Times le portrait que brosse d’elle sa fille Siddy, metteur en scène à succès, elle la renie sur-le-champ. Afin d’aider à renouer le dialogue entre la mère et sa fille, les amies intimes de Vivi finissent par la persuader d’envoyer à Siddy son album souvenir : « Les divins secrets des petites ya-ya ». Siddy va alors plonger dans l’univers des ya-ya, du nom cajun que les quatre amies se sont donné lors de leur folle jeunesse en Louisiane. Elle découvre un petit groupe à part, soudé par une amitié que rien n’a jamais pu affaiblir. À travers ces souvenirs fragmentés, Siddy découvre une image inattendue de l’exubérante Vivi, une femme meurtrie que seul le soutien indéfectible de ses amies a pu maintenir debout.

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Little Altars Everywhere

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The companion to the beloved bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, here is the funny, heartbreaking, and powerfully insightful tale that first introduced Siddalee, Vivi, their spirited Walker clan, and the indomitable Ya-Yas.

Ya-Yas in Bloom

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Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a book that will break your heart and mend it again. Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets. When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses one time too many and stuffs a big old pecan up her nose, she sets off the chain of events that lead Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become true sister-friends. Using as narration the alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, Wells show us the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention. Through crises of faith and hilarious lapses of parenting skills, brushes with alcoholism and glimpses of the dark reality of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Louisiana sass shine through. But in the Ya-Yas' inimitable way, these four remarkable women also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the possibility that humans are made of stars, and the belief that miracles do happen. And they need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime...and the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure. After two bestsellers and a blockbuster movie, the Ya-Yas have become part of American culture -- icons for the power of women's friendship. Ya-Yas in Bloom continues the saga, giving us more Ya-Ya lore, spun out in the rich patois of the Louisiana bayou country and brim full of the Ya-Ya message to embrace life and each other with joy.

Chick Flicks

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From An Affair to Remember to Legally Blonde, "chick flicks" have long been both championed and vilified by women and men, scholars and popular audiences. Like other forms of "chick culture," which the editors define as a group of mostly American and British popular culture media forms focused primarily on twenty- to thirtysomething, middle-class—and frequently college-educated—women, chick flicks have been accused of reinscribing traditional attitudes and reactionary roles for women. On the other hand, they have been embraced as pleasurable and potentially liberating entertainments, assisting women in negotiating the challenges of contemporary life. A companion to the successful anthology Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction, this edited volume consists of 11 original essays, prefaced by an introduction situating chick flicks within the larger context of chick culture as well as women’s cinema. The essays consider chick flicks from a variety of angles, touching on issues of film history, female sexuality (heterosexual and homosexual), femininity, female friendship, age, race, ethnicity, class, consumerism, spectatorship, pleasure and gender definition. An afterword by feminist film theorist Karen Hollinger considers the chick flick’s transformation from the woman’s films of the ’40s to the friendship films of the ’80s and those of the "return to the classics" trend of the ’90s, while highlighting the value of the volume’s contributions to contemporary debates and sketching possibilities for further study.

Women's Fiction

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Now in its second edition and with new chapters covering such texts as Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and 'yummy mummy' novels such as Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, this is a wide-ranging survey of popular women's fiction from 1945 to the present. Examining key trends in popular writing for women in each decade, Women's Fiction offers case study readings of major British and American writers. Through these readings, the book explores how popular texts often neglected by feminist literary criticism have charted the shifting demands, aspirations and expectations of women in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Orgasme

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Quand l'auteur de Fight Club s'attaque au plaisir féminin. Penny Harrington, aspirante avocate, travaille dans un prestigieux cabinet new-yorkais. C'est là qu'elle rencontre par hasard le magnat des médias, Linus Maxwell, venu régler les détails de son divorce avec la star française Alouette d'Ambrosia. Le soir même, Linus invite Penny à dîner. Comment s'habiller lorsqu'on sort avec l'homme le plus riche du monde ? Comment se comporter quand son hôte compte parmi ses conquêtes les femmes les plus célèbres de la planète ? Et pourquoi un homme comme lui invite-t-il à dîner une fille aussi désespérément normale ? Malgré toutes ces questions, Penny passe une soirée de rêve, et c'est le début d'un véritable conte de fées. Notre Cendrillon des temps modernes tombe en effet sous le charme de son chevalier servant. Amoureux platonique, celui-ci l'enchante. Aussi, quand elle croise Alouette à Paris et que celle-ci lui conseille de ne surtout jamais faire l'amour avec Maxwell, Penny ne comprend d'abord pas très bien. Mais, très vite, tout s'éclaire. Maxwell voue en effet une véritable obsession au plaisir féminin, une obsession aux conséquences multiples et très étonnantes. Partez à la quête du plaisir avec l'enfant terrible des lettres américaines et Cinquante nuances de Grey va immédiatement vous apparaître comme un hors-d'œuvre sans saveur. Avec cette nouvelle satire radicale de notre société, Chuck Palahniuk empoigne une fois de plus le lecteur dès les premières phrases pour le laisser ébloui et sonné à la fin de ce roman, sans aucun doute l'un de ses plus réussis.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

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“Rebecca Wells has done it again….A new book full of Southern charm and unique characters…impossible to put down.” —Houston Chronicle “Wells weaves that magic spell again.” —New Orleans Times-Picayune For Ya-Ya fans everywhere, New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Wells returns with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder. The creator of the literary sensations Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, and Ya-Yas in Bloom delivers an unforgettable new stand-alone novel about the pull of first love, the power of home, and everyday magic. No matter if you already adore the Ya-Yas or haven’t yet entered the miraculous world of Rebecca Wells, you are going to love—and never forget—Calla Lily Ponder.

Sociologie des tendances

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Comment expliquer ces focalisations du désir, par lesquelles des individus si différents les uns des autres, sans s’être concertés, formulent les mêmes envies ? À lire les médias qui accordent une attention grandissante à ces phénomènes, tout se passe comme si les choix du plus grand nombre — du prénom de l’enfant jusqu’à la forme des gâteaux — étaient désormais régis par une autorité aussi puissante que capricieuse : la mode. Sous leur apparence frivole, les tendances posent quelques-unes des questions les plus sérieuses de la sociologie. Car les comprendre, c’est percer les mécanismes de l’imitation, de la diffusion des goûts et du rôle de marqueur social qu’ils peuvent jouer. C’est surtout analyser l’articulation entre l’individu et le corps social.

Advancing Sisterhood?

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Though black and white women have long been associated with the heart of southern culture, their relationships with each other in the context of contemporary southern fiction have been largely glossed over until now. In Advancing Sisterhood? Sharon Monteith offers an enlightening map of this new literary ground. Beginning with an overview of the theory and literary incarnations of friendship, Advancing Sisterhood? examines how prevalent specific relationships between black and white women have become in the works of Ellen Douglas, Kaye Gibbons, Connie Mae Fowler, Lane von Herzen, Ellen Gilchrist, Carol Dawson, and others. Monteith explains that interracial friendships have become an alluring topic for white women writers. She also examines these friendships in relation to the ways black women writers and critics have pictured black and white girls and women in the South. Advancing Sisterhood? explores childhood female relationships in such works as Ellen Foster and Before Women Had Wings and considers recent ecocriticism and its role in charting the female southern landscape. Monteith also provides an in-depth examination of the archetypal friendship between white housewives and their black servants. Through these discussions, Advancing Sisterhood? demonstrates how contemporary white women writers have broadened their work to include friendships between women of diverse backgrounds and to influence literary expression.

Adaptation, Authorship, and Contemporary Women Filmmakers

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A lively discussion of costume dramas to women's films, Shelley Cobb investigates the practice of adaptation in contemporary films made by women. The figure of the woman author comes to the fore as a key site for the representation of women's agency and the authority of the woman filmmaker.

Un long chemin vers la liberté

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En 1974, alors qu'il est au pénitencier de Robben Island, Nelson Mandela rédige clandestinement des " souvenirs ". C'est ce texte, sorti en fraude, qu'il retrouvera lors de sa libération en 1990, après plus de vingt-sept ans de détention, et qu'il reprendra pour en faire Un long chemin vers la liberté. Nelson Mandela raconte comment le petit campagnard, né en 1918 au Transkei, dans la famille royale des Thembus, va ouvrir le premier cabinet d'avocats noirs d'Afrique du Sud et devenir un des principaux responsables de l'ANC. Ce récit mêle les souvenirs personnels, voire intimes, aux analyses de la situation en afrique du Sud et aux descriptions des luttes et des combats contre la domination blanche et l'apartheid. L'enfance et les rites d'initiation, la fuite à Johannesburg, le travail dans les mines et les études de droit, le premier mariage et le divorce, puis le second mariage avec Winnie, la découverte du nationalisme africain, les Campagnes de défi, la clandestinité, la lutte armée et la prison. Commencent alors les longues années de travail forcé - treize ans dans une carrière de chaux -, d'attente, mais aussi d'espoir et de luttes. Dans les années 80, le régime d'apartheid bousculé à l'intérieur par la résistance noire, étranglé par les sanctions économiques, n'aura d'autre issue que la négociation. Nelson Mandela, qui est devenu un mythe, sera l'homme clef pour sortir son pays de l'impasse où l'ont enfermé quarante années d'apartheid. Un long chemin vers la liberté est le récit d'une vie exemplaire entièrement consacrée à l'affirmation de la dignité de l'homme. C'est aussi un document exceptionnel sur un des bouleversements majeurs de cette fin de XXe siècle.

Amazing North Carolina

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Amazing North Carolina by Theresa Jensen Lacey Summary

Amazing North Carolina offers a rare glimpse into unusual and sometimes bizarre people and events in North Carolina's 200-year history. Reading like the Tarheel State's own version of Ripley's Believe It or Not, this book explores hundreds of incredible stories, facts, and tidbits of human interest. It contains pictures, quizzes, trivia, stories, sidebars, lists, and more. Read about . . . How Lizard Lick, Cat's Square, Boogertown, and Rabbit Shuffle got their names Robert Null, who invented a UFO detector The Civil War battle where the Confederates fought without clothes on Chang and Eng, the original "Siamese twins" who settled in Wilkesboro and married local sisters Sarah and Adelaide Yates The strange story of Goat-Gland Binkley, who operated in North Carolina 75 years before Viagra The annual Bald is Beautiful convention in Morehead City The world's largest twins (at 800 pounds each) The road that goes nowhere Senate Bean Soup, the secret of Jesse Helms' longevity (recipe included)

The Seven Principles of WOM and Buzz Marketing

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The Seven Principles of WOM and Buzz Marketing by Panos Mourdoukoutas,George J. Siomkos Summary

Why are word-of-mouth campaigns effective for some products, while failing for others? Which group of consumers should be the target of viral marketing efforts, and how can you turn word of mouth into buzz? Panos Mourdoukoutas and George J Siomkos provide the answers! The transformation of a desire for a product into an "epidemic" was, is and will always be the dream of each and every marketer. For some marketers this dream becomes reality. For others it remains simply a fantasy. "The Seven Principles of WOM and Buzz Marketing" offers the essential tools – seven simple steps – to launch an effective WOM and buzz campaign that helps products to cross the tipping point and to reach the mass market: Begin with the consumers Be innovative Target the right group Create the right message Find the right environment

Self-Promotion for the Creative Person

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Are you a creative person who desperately wants to tell the world about your talents and your art but lacks the time, money, and know-how? Self-Promotion for the Creative Person is full of clever and creative ideas you can use to successfully get the word out about who you are and what you do quickly, easily, and cheaply. Everything you need to know about marketing yourself is included in this book. Self-Promotion for the Creative Person is packed with proven techniques that will work for you whether you are an author, actor, artist, or accordion player who wants fresh, off-beat, and cost-effective ways to build a business or develop a successful and fulfilling career. Full of winning strategies, innovative ideas, and proven sales and marketing techniques, Lee Silber will show you how to go from starving artist to superstar status with smart advice, including: * How to market without money * How to create marketing materials that will sell you even when you're not around * How to build a buzz using word of mouth * How to use the Internet in ways you never thought of to promote yourself * How to get the leaders in your field to endorse and help you Self-promotion is one of the most difficult things a creative person must do. It is also the most critical. Open this book to any page and chances are you will find something that can help you overcome this hurdle and get the attention and recognition you and your talents deserve. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

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Aimed at daughters experiencing the emotional abuse of narcissistic mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? helps readers overcome the challenges and reclaim their lives. The first book for daughters who have suffered the abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a therapist specializing in women’s health and hundreds of interviews with suffering daughters, Dr. Karyl McBride helps you recognize the widespread effects of this emotional abuse and create an individualized program for self-protection, resolution, and complete recovery. Narcissistic mothers teach their daughters that love is not unconditional, that it is given only when they behave in accordance with maternal expectations and whims. As adults, these daughters have difficulty overcoming feelings of inadequacy, disappointment, emotional emptiness, and sadness. They may also have a fear of abandonment that leads them to form unhealthy romantic relationships, as well as a tendency to perfectionism and unrelenting self-criticism or to self-sabotage and frustration. Dr. McBride’s step-by-step program will enable you to: (1) Recognize your own experience with maternal narcissism and its effects on all aspects of your life (2) Discover how you have internalized verbal and nonverbal messages from your mother and how these have translated into overachievement or self-sabotage (3) Construct a personalized program to take control of your life and enhance your sense of self, establishing healthy boundaries with your mother and breaking the legacy of abuse Warm and sympathetic, Dr. McBride brings a profound level of authority to Will I Ever Be Good Enough? that encourages and inspires you as it aids your recovery.

The History of Southern Women's Literature

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The History of Southern Women's Literature by Carolyn Perry,Mary Weaks-Baxter Summary

Many of America’s foremost, and most beloved, authors are also southern and female: Mary Chesnut, Kate Chopin, Ellen Glasgow, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker, and Lee Smith, to name several. Designating a writer as “southern” if her work reflects the region’s grip on her life, Carolyn Perry and Mary Louise Weaks have produced an invaluable guide to the richly diverse and enduring tradition of southern women’s literature. Their comprehensive history—the first of its kind in a relatively young field—extends from the pioneer woman to the career woman, embracing black and white, poor and privileged, urban and Appalachian perspectives and experiences. The History of Southern Women’s Literature allows readers both to explore individual authors and to follow the developing arc of various genres across time. Conduct books and slave narratives; Civil War diaries and letters; the antebellum, postbellum, and modern novel; autobiography and memoirs; poetry; magazine and newspaper writing—these and more receive close attention. Over seventy contributors are represented here, and their essays discuss a wealth of women’s issues from four centuries: race, urbanization, and feminism; the myth of southern womanhood; preset images and assigned social roles—from the belle to the mammy—and real life behind the facade of meeting others’ expectations; poverty and the labor movement; responses to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the influence of Gone with the Wind. The history of southern women’s literature tells, ultimately, the story of the search for freedom within an “insidious tradition,” to quote Ellen Glasgow. This teeming volume validates the deep contributions and pleasures of an impressive body of writing and marks a major achievement in women’s and literary studies.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

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For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”

City of the Dead

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Daniel Blake more than delivers on the promise of his acclaimed thriller Thou Shalt Kill, bringing back detective Franco Patrese in City of the Dead, “a blood-soaked, full-throttle descent into hell and one of the best thrillers you will read this or any other year” (Lorenzo Carcaterra). “You’re not tainted. You’re not one of them. I need you alone. . . .” The woman who contacted Franco Patrese was the ultimate New Orleans society belle: beautiful, seductive, cunning, and, in this case, desperate. The personal assistant to the city’s most powerful man, she had to meet Patrese in secret. Fearful whispers of “sacrifices” were all Patrese could glean; she didn’t live long enough to tell him any more. Patrese had come to New Orleans, buffeted by the winds of fate, bearing a pain that cops know too well. His native Pittsburgh was still in his bones, while a disaster on a tropical island had shaken his soul. In the thick, hot, exotic world of the Crescent City he began to come alive again. But now he cannot afford to be the new guy, the guy on the outside looking in. A second body has been found, just like the first: Dismembered. A snake, an axe head, a mirror. And blood. A whole lot of blood. Patrese’s partner is a devout New Orleans native with a past she keeps private. By Selma Fawcett’s side, Patrese races in the footsteps of a serial killer who seems steeped in voodoo and linked to a priestess who practices her dark arts in the clear light of day—and the glare of the media. The more he learns about the victims and their connections, the more bizarre the case becomes. Then a veteran-turned-drug dealer takes him one step further, deep into a realm in which murder is only one kind of perversion. Patrese and Selma, traveling from the French Quarter to Natchez and the bayou, don’t realize they are out of time. A tide of corruption and secrecy is rising all around them. They are the tainted ones: two good cops, targeted by a force more malevolent than any one before.