i have to say i have not read "midnight in the garden of good and evil". and i managed to avoid the movie!
i chose this book because i like memoirs and i also like flamboyant, interesting people.
this was a very good book. i read it in one day! her story is awesome.
i will never forget- when my sons were 3 & 5 we had some teen boys who liked to dress as girls and stroll the neighborhood. i taught my children to nod and smile and say "good afternoon ladies" (even though my boys knew they were boys). this brought them to tears the very first time my sons acknowledged them in this manner. i explained to my children that some people were different and because of this we should strive to treat them even better than we would want to be treated because most people will not be very nice to them. these young boys went out of their way to stroll past us every time we were outside! they got such joy and affirmation from my sons. the early life of lady chablis reminded me of this.
i am so thrilled to learn of her struggle and final triumph.
a very moving and inspiring life!
This was ok. Funny, and brutally honest, I suppose. But if you are expecting anything to do with the murder trial and movie, the murder and writing of Garden came near the end of this book chronologically, and the movie had not happened yet. Worth reading.
If you have seen the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" then you have seen The Lady Chablis, as she played herself in the movie. And if you've seen the movie, then you know how she talks - in your face, fearless and very forthright.
Well, this book reads just like The Lady Chablis is talking to the reader. It's not great literature, but it is very interesting to read her history and her thoughts.
Chablis doesn't think of herself as a Drag Queen. She is a trans-gender woman - a woman with "candy".
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 about.
like 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!!