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The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz
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Feb 10, 10

bookshelves: medical-issues, non-fiction, women, memoir
Read from February 08 to 09, 2010

Zippora Karz's memoir, "The Sugarless Plum" details her struggle against diabetes even as she climbs the excrutiating ladder of success in New York City's ballet.

The physical difficulties of a ballerina's life are immmense under ordinary circumstances, with hours of practice, rehearsals, and performance. When illness enters the picture, the dancer is forced out of the company or into silence about the illness.

Zippora contends with her emotions as a young girl growing into a woman under the stress of competition and living far from home. She has something special as a dancer, and her desire is to follow her dreams as a soloist.

Diabetes is a fearsome companion and adversary.

The book is told in rather banal prose with cliches abounding. Nevertheless, especially for a) girls who desire to become ballerinas (or who ever held that dream) or b) families touched by Diabetes I, this is a clear look at the difficulties that enter life with the first symptoms. I recommend this to as a YA memoir and a specialty memoir, certainly not for everyone, but as described above.

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