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Sugar and Spice and Puppy Dog Tails: Growing Up Intersexed by Katherine Connella

Sugar and Spice and Puppy Dog Tails: Growing Up Intersexed

by Katherine Connella

413 pages
Katherine Connella's heart-wrenching memoirs of growing up a combination of gender.

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About the Book

Hermaphrodite! It's a word which usually invokes snickers or eye-rolling. But for those people born a combination of genders (estimated to be about 1 in 2000), it can be heartwrenching: a life lived in silence, secrets and fear.

Actress/author Katherine Connella steps out of the shadows to frankly reveal her childhood and adolescence growing up intersexed. Deemed a boy a birth (in spite of full female interior organs and irregular genitalia), she fought her whole life to prove what she was: a female. Katherine discusses survival of a number of traumas: incest, medical abuse, mental hospitalization, chemical-induced manic depression and a series of sexual assaults. Yet through it all, she write with a spirit of humor and a positive outlook.

"I know my life would have been bizarre under any circumstances," Katherine chuckles today. "But being intersexed added an entirely new and dark layer to the big picture."


Sugar and Spice and Puppy Dog Tails weaves the tale of how Katherine Connella walked the tightrope of being both boy and girl and tells it with spellbinding sweetness and vivacity and in the process reveals a new voice - a voice that is part male, part female, and utterly unforgetable.
- Craig Chester, GayWired



About the Author
Katherine Connella Katherine Connella lives and works in Hollywood, California. She shares her home with two elderly cats. She is a busy actress and writer within the Los Angeles film community.



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