The Sugarless Plum
It started as the perfect story. Zippora Karz was a member of the famed New York City Ballet by the age of eighteen. By twenty she was starring in "The Nutcracker" and traveling the world.
It was the stuff dreams are made of until, at twenty-one, Karz became exhausted, dizzy and excessively thirsty. Heavy makeup covered sores under her arms that would not heal. When she fin...more
The Sugarless Plum was a very enjoyable memoir of the life of Zippora Karz while she was growing up and in the New York City Ballet dealing with Type-1 Diabetes. It was a fascinating look inside the life of a ballerina. I had no idea what all they go through during the day and how many performances th ...more
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Zippora Karz was a part of NYCB when its seminal template existed: Balanc ...more
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This memoir of her career as a ballerina with the New York City Ballet is an insightful and moving look inside the life of Zippora Karz. Her association with this famed company began at age 18 in the corps de ballet and continued for the next sixteen years as she was noticed and groomed fo ...more
There was a lot of information about Diabetes in the text, and I did skip over a paragraph occasionally. But for the most part it all f ...more
Author: Zippora Karz
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From a young age, Zippora Karz desired to achieve her dream of becoming a ballerina. By the time Karz had reached the age of 20, she had attained professional status and had obtained work with the New York City Ballet.
The Sugarless Plum: A Ballerina's Triumph Over Diabetes is a debut memoir written by Zippora Karz, a former soloist ballerina of the New Yor ...more
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This Vine selection is a bit of a departure for me (nonfiction biography), but the "story" really called to me.
Zippora Karz is a ballerina with the New York Company Ballet. At the age of twenty-one, she is diagnosed with diabetes. The book details her childhood, her growing love for ballet, her early life with the NYCB, and her struggle with diabetes.
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Reading the book, I could share the fear Zippora must have felt when she finally returned her d ...more
I was surprised to find out that Karz is a contemporary of mine since I can't remember knowing any te ...more
I love the idea of memoirs like these, but all too often I pick them up only to find that they are poorly writt ...more
Ms. Karz’s dedication and diligent work ethic earned her many solos including the lead as the Sugar Plum Fairy in numerous product ...more
Zippora's story is honest and unembellished. As she reaches her professional goals, her health declines and ...more
I enjoyed the book very much. I think that readers who have an interest in either or both ballet and ...more