The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz is about the author’s experience living with diabetes. Karz’s case is a bit unique, as she’s a ballerina, so she must walk a fine line in her insulin and sugar intake.
I felt the Sugarless Plum was fairly depressing. I know she eventually gets past her disease, that’s what happens in pretty much every IMPORTANT ISSUE/DISEASE memoir, but it still sort of made me sad. I guess I never really thought of diabetes as being a big deal, after all I’ve read The Babysitter’s Club, and Stacey never seemed to have huge problems with her diabetes.
I thought the dance aspects of the book were fairly interesting, as I don’t know anything about dance. I can’t sit still long enough to watch a dance show — they sort of bore me. However, reading about dance is a whole other ball game.
I definitely would have liked to read more about Zippora’s family, they seemed quite fascinating, I wanted more about why her mom was so cool with her leaving home for NYC at 16 to dance. I know my parents would have put up a shitstorm if I did that.
The writing was, much like every other issue based memoir only minus the crazy world of drugs, mediocre. I would recommend this if you are interested in learning about diabetes or are interested in the NYC Ballet Company.
While reading this book, you should probably drink some Crystal Light. I doubt it would send you into an insulin coma.
Instead of a pic of Crystal Light I thought I would post this for your viewing pleasure: