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After leaping off the pages with he unforgettable debut in John Berendt's bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the unabashed personality known as The Lady Chablis now brings her irresistible charisma to the remarkable odyssey of fabulousness that USA Today calls "sassy" and "provocative...." Born Benjamin Edward Knox in Quincy, Florida, "The Doll" always knAfter leaping off the pages with he unforgettable debut in John Berendt's bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the unabashed personality known as The Lady Chablis now brings her irresistible charisma to the remarkable odyssey of fabulousness that USA Today calls "sassy" and "provocative...." Born Benjamin Edward Knox in Quincy, Florida, "The Doll" always knew she was different. At a Tallahassee club, in her teens, she found the drag mother who would set her on the path to stardom. Before long, The Lady Chablis had a headline drag act replete with trademark saucy wit, down-home wisdom, and, of course, breasts. The rest is "Miss Thang" history.......

Title : Hiding My Candy
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ISBN : 9780671520953
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Hiding My Candy Reviews

  • Erica Poole
    2019-02-03 13:00

    I don't usually read autobiographies, but I was in Savannah, loving the atmosphere, and somewhat obsessed with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. So I read this. Good telling of what it was like to grow up in a small southern community knowing that you didn't fit in, dealing with poverty, hardship, and being born the wrong sex! Funny, heartwarming, sad, and a quick read.

  • Kerin
    2019-02-08 16:10

    I read this book as a follow-up to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (and a vacation to Savannah). This was an entertaining and often humorous memories of The Lady Chablis and transexual female and her career as an entertainer. The underlying theme nightlights the struggles and discrimination that individuals with gender dysphoria face. The Lady has recently passed. I wished I had had the opportunity to see her preform. I am happy to knows she was able to have happiness and success in her life.

  • MacK
    2019-02-04 14:20

    There are very few instances when watching a movie before you read a book is not just enjoyable, it's critical The simple pulp paperbacks dedicated to science fiction is one example, but while only truly obsessive fans would enjoy Lando Calrissian's Milllenium Falcon Adventures the public at large can find benefit from reading Hiding My Candy, even though you should see Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you read the book.The Lady Chablis, a stand-up comedienne Drag Queen, is a witty raconteur with a flair for personally engaging her audience. After seeing the film you can hear her voice narrating the text which adds to the feeling that you're sitting across a table having a private conversation with "The Doll".While GLBT culture is often shunted to the shadows in America, The Lady Chablis' work insists that you take it seriously. Telling the her life story, from the first stirrings of sexual realization, to overcoming addiction and feeling, often, like a second class citizen, she remains positive, and eager to face future challenges. Through all of this there is humor, love for family, and optimism. From time to time her style and euphemisms become overwhelming. but the overarching feel of the memoir is one of raw honesty. You have to take that kind of honesty seriously, and you can learn serious lessons from reading it.

  • L-Isabella
    2019-02-08 13:04

    I first came to be introduced to the character of the Lady Chablis while watching the movie ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil’. And then after I read the book, I realized that what I saw in the movie was for real.This person, this character, stood out & stuck with me due to her humor, her ability to speak the truth and whatever else was on her mind. I thought she was hilarious and yet a strong person to not only allow people who read the book and then see the movie, into her life and have it turned upside down, but keep on going like it was merely a small speed bump in her life and yet embrace it all.Growing up in the South, Chablis felt like an outcast within her family, as well as within her own life. From this she grew up to become a staple on the drag circuit and from there has slowly conquered everything she has put her mind to.This book is done really well; going over her history and pretty much starting from birth, the story tells itself and pulls you in to want to know this person more & more. Through incredible family hardships to become known as the Grand Empress of Savannah, she has had a long journey to be where she is, but even though the book has an ending, believe me after reading this, you’ll realize too, that Chablis is far from finished.

  • Todd Smith
    2019-02-01 12:04

    I enjoyed how she wrote the book, it felt like she was reading the events of her life to me. It was very personable, and what an amazing life it was. I would highly recommend this book if you wanted to learn what it was like growing up in the south as the Lady Chablis from the 60s until the 90s.

  • Wendell Barnes
    2019-02-13 11:13

    Funny throughout and very different. Helps open our minds to a different culture. Warning: laced with profanity which may be offensive to some. Includes a glossary, recipes and a directory of cast of characters at the end.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-05 19:17

    I had an issue with the book being written in the third person, grammatically-incorrect southern vernacular.

  • Christiane Evaskis-Garrett
    2019-02-05 13:02

    The Lady Chablis is a lady indeed and she has LIVED. If you're wondering where you may have heard of her, she featured quite a bit in the book and movie "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil" (and she played herself in the movie). Born Benjamin Edward Knox, the Lady Chablis has gone through it all with a sense of humor and a quick wit. I enjoyed hearing about her Christian upbringing in a small rural Florida town and how her inner showwoman loved spreading the Word as a child. I was also surprised at the different ways racism and sexism did and didn't show up in the 1960s and 1970s; it seemed like most people accepted her first as gay and as a pre-op transsexual. However, she DID have run-ins with the law, and her court case in Alabama accusing her of having a false ID (her license had her biological name while she was living as a female named Brenda Dale Knox) was a real eye-opener to the types of persecution that many in the LGBT community faced at that time. I appreciated her candor in describing her addiction to crystal meth and how it destroyed some of her closest friendships until she cleaned herself up. The ups and downs of her career were also a fascination to me; I envied her ability to move from hither and yon throughout the South finding gigs and making friends. The best part of the Lady's story was the epilogue (and not for the reason you'd originally think). I found the Lady Chablis's discussion of her best friend with lupus and how the Lady felt that she had failed her in her hour of need (said friend wanted the Lady to be there when she decided to end her life) to be sweet and very touching. At the end of the epilogue, I felt like I truly knew the Lady Chablis. That's about as good as you can get from an autobiography.As I got to the end of the Lady Chablis's story, however, I couldn't help but notice that only 75% of the pages had been used. I quickly found out why: after the epilogue, the Lady had included a lexicon (which would have been helpful at the beginning of the story, I suppose), several food recipes (WHUT), an index of people who featured in her autobiography (again, more helpful at the beginning of the story), and beauty tips which seemed to be more useful to drag queens than cis females. Did she run out of room? Did she have to get to a certain page count? I don't know, but the fact remains that everything post-epilogue is essentially fluff. It's a real downer of a conclusion when the Lady finished her story on a high note.

  • Merredith
    2019-02-10 13:53

    I just joined the book club my office has, and this was my first book I read for it. This is the memoir of the Lady Chalbis aka Brenda Knox. I'd never heard of her, but apparently she featured prominently in the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I've never read the book but i vaguely remember my dad renting the movie and it being boring and me wandering away or falling asleep, back when i was a kid. I hated the writing style. She refers to herself in the third person a lot, and she has a glossary of her slang at the back of the book. I don't think we would get along if I knew her. However, I admire her honesty in this book. She doesn't leave anything out, not even things like stealing, prostitution or being a drug addict. But more than that, i admire her bravery. My favorite part of the book is the beginning, when she talks about growing up in a small town in Florida. She was born a little boy, but remained true to herself, even through hardship. And this is back in time. This would be hard even now, but back then, I can't imagine. This is a woman who's been true to herself, and made it work. She's made the decision to live her life the way she felt, including taking hormone shots for breasts, but not going for the full operation. She loves whomever she loves, and doesn't care about convention. I really respect that. It was hard to get through this book because of the way it was written; it was short but felt really long and dragged a bit; but the message it meant to convey did make it worth it. This was also an excellent book to be reading right as Pride comes upon us!

  • Laurel Bradshaw
    2019-02-03 18:10

    I was very intrigued by this character after reading (and watching) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, so when I discovered she wrote an autobiography I had to read it. She is witty, clever, and oh so full of herself... It gets a little wearing after awhile. I was hoping for something a little more serious and behind the scenes perhaps, but The Lady is all about image, and this book is all about perpetuating that, so nothing new here really. Still, it's fascinating to try and understand someone who is on the opposite end of every imaginable spectrum from myself... Book description:After leaping off the pages with her unforgettable debut in John Berendt's bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the unabashed personality known as The Lady Chablis now brings her irresistible charisma to the remarkable odyssey of fabulousness that USA Today calls "sassy" and "provocative...." Born Benjamin Edward Knox in Quincy, Florida, "The Doll" always knew she was different. At a Tallahassee club, in her teens, she found the drag mother who would set her on the path to stardom. Before long, The Lady Chablis had a headline drag act replete with trademark saucy wit, down-home wisdom, and, of course, breasts. The rest is "Miss Thang" history....

  • Jeanette Cupcake
    2019-02-21 17:23

    i picked up this book after our vacay to savannah. (we also came home and watched midnight in the garden of good and evil)i had a hard time getting into hiding my candy. the Doll (Lady Chablis) writes how she speaks and sometimes that can be painful to read. once i was able to get into that mind frame, it was better to understand.she has had a freaking amazing life- full of lots of down and a few ups. its so wonderful to read about a woman her pulled herself up out of a mess and made something of her life. i loved all of the pictures of her and how she did not hold back! i also liked that she mentions places that we went to in savannah and that i could identify with a lot of what she talked her, im totally a white southern belle at heart (ok, im white and a bio girl, but i was raised in cali)this was such a fascinating story and i hope that im able to meet the Lady Chablis in person!!

  • Danni Green
    2019-01-23 18:57

    In this powerful autobiography, The Lady Chablis crafts her story in her own inimitable voice, sharing her truth -- her "T", to use her vernacular -- as no one else could. Reading this book felt like being an honored guest at one of the author's notorious performances, being taken by the hand and ushered into a dramatic and fabulous showcase of the events of her incredible life. The Lady Chablis demands to be seen, heard, and respected. I highly recommend this one.Content warnings: (view spoiler)[child abuse (somewhat graphic), transantagonism/homoantagonism, partner violence, sexual violence in prison (implied but not described in detail), suicide, racist violence and racial slurs (hide spoiler)]

  • Sara
    2019-02-07 11:00

    It took me a long time to finish this book because I had trouble staying interested. I liked her story in theory, but it's written like she talks and that gets old really quickly. So I kept reading a few pages at a time and then letting it sit. Today I brought it with me on the ferry so I had over 2 hours with nothing to do but read it, and I finally finished. Her story was interesting but it never felt fleshed-out. There seemed to be so much left out that it was a little hard to follow in places. But I have to say, the recipes section in the back of the book was the funniest part of the whole thing - it was worth it just for that.

  • Chanel
    2019-01-31 11:16

    This book was all about The Lady Chablis (Benjamin Edward Knox) and his/her life story from Quincy, Florida to where she resides today as a main attraction personality in Savannah, Georgia. The life was hard but somehow she got through it. A sometimes hard luck story to read, this queen knows who she is and doesn't apologize for it. She was introduced to us in the novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and also appeared in the 1990's movie.She has fame, fortune and success now. Not to bad for someone who dropped out of high school. It was an interesting read. My book club is planning to go to Savannah for the "Midnight Tour" and possibly see The Lady Chablis.

  • John Geddie
    2019-02-10 16:13

    Someone gave this to me as a gag gift several years ago after I had bored them one too many times about my appreciation for "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."In it, the Lady Chablis is both open and sassy in recounting her life and evolution into the person she wanted to be. While not quite a wordsmith and certainly without the levels of drama and accomplishment necessary for a great biography, I was still charmed with the story of a person who turned herself and her life into what she wanted them to be.

  • Danielle
    2019-01-22 12:06

    The autobiography of drag queen/personality extraordinaire The Lady Chablis, who made her debut in John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the subsequent movie thereafter, tells the world her life story.I finished this book in 2 days, it's written as if it were narrated by the Lady herself and I couldn't put it down. I don't think I've read an autobiography so amusing since, well, ever.If you were even slightly piqued by her in either Berendt's book or her big screen debut, you'll love this book.

  • Abbs1178
    2019-02-07 12:14

    I read and loved "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". I'm from Savannah, and I've been to Club One several times for their shows and have seen "The Lady Chablis" perform, so my mother in law gave me this book for Christmas and thought I'd enjoy reading her life story. I really liked it. It was interesting to read about her struggle to make it as not only an entertainer but to really discover and be proud of who she is. A must-read for anyone who has seen her shows or read/enjoyed "midnight in the garden of good and evil". Quick read.

  • Lily OnTheLam
    2019-02-06 16:16

    I very much enjoyed The Lady Chablis' book (read most of it while getting a pedicure!) - but there were some really heavy emotional topics in the book - physical abuse, drug addiction, etc. and it was all sort of glossed over with a "la-tee-dah, life goes on!" attitude-- which I suppose is The Lady Chablis' trademark calling card - resilience and grace, no matter what ... but it made me sad that there wasn't a little more acknowledgement of just how intense a life The Lady Chablis has been through ... overall enjoyed the book.

  • Amy
    2019-02-12 19:06

    I think i was hoping this would be less of a one-note wonder than it was. I think The Lady chablis is probably quite entertaining in person, but her style in writing doesn't translate for me. I skimmed the second half, including the recipes, lexicon and beauty/fashion tips.The plan is to release this somewhere, along with Midnight in the GArden of good and Evil. I just have to think of a good spot. Savannah, maybe? A drag club? Hmmmm.....

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-01-21 11:08

    I came to this book hoping for another view of the events of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. While Berendt did contribute a preface and the cotillion and filming are touched on, this is a memoir of The Lady Chablis finding her identity in the deep South and expanding it into an entertainment career boosted by the book and film. written in her dialect and slang with glossaries, this is a quick and entertaining read. she include a includes transvestite beauty tips and her recipes.

  • Ashley Lucas
    2019-02-14 11:02

    What a fabulous read! Such fun! The Lady Chablis, made famous by John Berendt's best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, tells her life story with wit and passion. She's hilariously funny but also gives you an insight into the extraordinary difficulties of growing up transgendered in the South.

  • Danny
    2019-01-26 16:10

    It's the autobiography of the drag performer featured in John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, who plays herself in the film of the same name. It's interesting. Tha narration is sometimes entertaining, sometimes annoying.  Basically told in the same voice/character she uses in her act.  There are recipes and beauty tips in the back, and glamour shots throughout.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-21 17:56

    Just had to read this book. I had read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and enjoyed. But what prompted me the most to read this book was that Lady Chablis lived a few doors down from my apartment in West Columbia, SC. I never saw or met her. Just think she is an interesting character (and has an interesting story).

  • D
    2019-02-06 14:16

    The Lady Chablis is of course one of the biggest personalities in the South, and this little lifetime collection of anecdotes is a cute two day read. If you liked her in Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil then you'll want to know more which is exactly what this book gives you. A good time two day read.

  • erica
    2019-01-22 17:22

    This was enjoyable, not only for the sassy text, but also for the many photos taken in some of Savannah's finest landmarks. Campy for sure. The Lady uses humor to cope with the many indignities afforded to her as trans woman living in the South. The tone is morePriscilla Queen of the Desert than Boys Don't Cry.

  • Ashley M
    2019-01-30 16:15

    My "Candy in title" selection for WBC. I said to the librarian when I left there with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a Vegetarian Cookbook, a book about the supreme court, and THIS book, I am nothing if not unpredictable.

  • Rey Walker
    2019-01-24 14:07

    Forget scene stealing, The Lady Chablis stole the entire book. She is a bigger-than-life character introduced in the non-fiction tale, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and this is her autobiography. Bonus: The recipes in the back are amazing!

  • Jann
    2019-01-23 13:07

    If you've seen the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil" you will love this book. It feels as if you are interviewing the "Lady Chablis" personally. The autobiography is written in the "speak" she uses on stage. Very poignant yet very funny!

  • Susan
    2019-02-16 14:55

    If you read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil ~ this book expands The Lady Chablis and all her ways. She gives you her background and the stories of growing up to become the character she is ~ and she doesn't sensor anything.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-16 18:09

    The recipe section wasn't really helpful to me as a borderline vegan, but the rest of the book was pretty arresting. There were a few times that she would make fun of other women for not "doing" femininity right or basically take cheap shots like that, which threw me off. Light stuff, fun read.