Pretty Baby: A Memoir by Chris Belcher


A queer teen rebel escapes small-town Appalachia and becomes Los Angeles’s Renowned Lesbian Dominatrix in this searing and darkly funny memoir that upends our ideas about desire, class, and power.

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PRETTY BABY is a compulsively readable and a deeply fascinating look at the complexities of power and sex work. Belcher, once a queer kid growing up in rural Appalaicha, becomes the keeper of mens’ fantasies as she grows into the role of a pro-domme in Los Angeles. It’s a fascinating look at desire in all its forms. – Gaby

Pretty Baby is a muscular, canny memoir about labor and power and gender; it shimmers with rage and insight and I couldn’t put it down. What a fucking gorgeous book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

“Chris Belcher’s Pretty Baby reminds me why I fell in love with memoirs in the first place.”—Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives

The dominatrix is the id of American femininity. She says the words that we all wish we could say when we find ourselves frozen in the presence of men. No is principal among them.

So writes Chris Belcher, who appeared destined for a life of conventional femininity after she took first place in an infant beauty contest—a minor glory that can follow you around a working-class town of 1,600 people in rural West Virginia. But when she came out as queer, the conservative community that had once celebrated its prettiest baby turned on her.

Pretty Baby: A Memoir by Chris Belcher