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

by Lady Chablis

Hardcover, 1996





Pocket Books (1996), 207 pages


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 that way." Her tumultuous teenage years were marked by physical abuse, sexual awakenings, and a liaison with a town official, as well as a local preacher. "He often fancied a li'l communion after Sunday services." It was at a club in Tallahassee that she found her drag mother: Cliff Taylor, better known as Miss Tina Devore, who would set her on the path to stardom. Playing clubs in Atlanta, Chablis began taking hormones to grow breasts, and developed her stage routine. Chablis soon formed a club called the S.L.U.W.W., or the Savannah League of Uptown White Women, whose members met for dinner parties known as P.T.A. meetings (Party, Talk, and Alcohol). Hiding My Candy, spiced with her special recipes for such delicacies as Brenda's Kickin' Chicken and Smack Y'Mama's Ribs, also features The Doll's beauty tips and her Blue Book (a very social register). Laugh-out-loud funny, deeply touching, and just as entertaining as The Lady Chablis in person, Hiding My Candy is one dessert you'll 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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