Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah

by Lady Chablis

Hardcover, 1996





Pocket Books (1996), 207 pages


The unforgettable life story of the fabulous drag queen from the best selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Lady Chablis, the outrageously charming drag queen made famous in John Berendt's best selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, takes us on an unforgettable tour of Savannah in her amazing story: a triumphant life filled with passion, humor, flair, and resourcefulness beyond the imaginings of mere mortals. Born Benjamin Edward Knox in Quincy, Florida, in 1957, Brenda Dale Knox (The Lady Chablis) always knew she was different: a girl with 'candy.' 'I never blamed the Lord 'cause I knew that he musta wanted me this way.' She's lived as the Grand Empress of Scrapin' to Get By, she's beat up bad-mouthed bouncers, known love sweet and tender, mean and rough, legal and outlawed...and she's survived, honey, she's FLOURISHED! Laugh-out-loud funny, deeply touching, and just as entertaining as The Lady Chablis in person, Hiding My Candy is one dessert listeners will find absolutely irresistible.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Jebbie74
Wonderful book of how the Lady Chablis came to life. Is a great companion to Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil. Has also given me a few more places I need to visit when we travel to Savannah, GA again.
LibraryThing member jnsmith1
I couldn't stop laughing. Certainly not the most classic of works but I enjoyed it as much if not more. The vulgarity teamed with that southern charm made this book a guilty pleasure for me.
LibraryThing member laytonwoman3rd
A quick read if not a particularly enlightening one. Spending a couple hours in the company of The Lady Chablis was entertaining, but the book is more about her flamboyant lifestyle than the underlying gender identity issues. Also worth noting is that the book is about 20 years old, and was most likely written mostly for its pot-boiling potential. The Doll has not had an easy or particularly prosperous existence, at least up to the time of this publication. 3 stars for sass and some fine photos of her righteous self. (Review written in March of 2016. Note The Lady Chablis passed away in September of 2016.)… (more)
LibraryThing member Auntie-Nanuuq
Bah, humbug....another famous queen, and a nasty one at that!

I liked her better as one of the players in the book " Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil". In her/his own biography, well it's just too much.


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Physical description

207 p.; 5.75 x 0.75 inches


0671520946 / 9780671520946

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