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Publisher's Note:

It's dinnertime. Do you know where your sugar is coming from? Most likely everywhere. Sure, it's in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve O. Schaub was the secret world of sugar—hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food. With her eyes opened by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age d…

Year of No Sugar

by Eve O. Schaub

Overall Book Review:

Year of No Sugar is a curious book. Author Eve O. Schaub pens this memoir about her family’s decision to live without eating sugar. In actuality, the book is more about their year of attempting to not eat anything with sugar, since the sweet stuff is in just about everything. Schaub shares interesting facts and statistics about the danger of sugar as she details her family’s difficult journey. Schaub is a witty and engaging author and I particularly loved her anecdotes about trying to stay sugar-free during vacations and holidays. Journal excerpts from her ten-year-old daughter and delicious sugar-free recipes in the back of the book were added bonuses. Year of No Sugar is an entertaining read about sugar and its increasing prevalence in our food and culture.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 6 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 3 scatological terms; 2 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  An extended incident describing chicken being slaughered for consumption.


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Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters frequently drink.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.