The nanny diaries : a novel / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.

Main Author: McLaughlin, Emma.
Other Authors: Kraus, Nicola.
Published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.
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Review by Booklist Review

The difference between a baby-sitter and a nanny is the employer's income. If your boss makes seven figures, you're definitely a nanny. Here, the nanny's real name is Nanny, and her charge is four-year-old Grayer Addison X. College student Nanny wanted a 12-hour-a-week gig, but soon enough, she is soon working triple-overtime attending "Family Day" at preschool and being asked by a "Long-Term Development Consultant" what "methodology" she follows in dressing young Grayer. Things only get worse when Mr. X's mistress expects Nanny to help facilitate her employer's affair. Based on the authors' experiences as nannies to Manhattan's elite, the novel thoroughly skewers the privileged few, but beyond the satire, readers will care greatly for Nanny, poor Grayer, and even Mrs. X, who suffers the humiliation of her husband's infidelity even as she attempts to deny it. Some minor characters need fleshing out and a subplot involving Nanny's romance with an Ivy League student is left dangling, but finally this is a fast-paced, witty, and thoroughly entertaining tale. --Beth Warrell

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Two former Manhattan nannies blow the lid off of the private child-care industry with a hilarious debut that pulls no punches as it recounts the travails of Nan, a hip Mary Poppins looking for a job to fit around her child-development classes at NYU. Mrs. X seems reasonable enough when she hires Nan to look after her four-year-old son, Grayer, but she quickly reveals herself to be a monster a bundle of neuroses wrapped up in Prada, whose son is little more than another status symbol in a fabulous Park Avenue apartment. Mr. X is just as horrible, although he's rarely seen or heard, too busy navigating mergers and mistresses to make time for a family starving for his affection. Nan finds herself stuck in a low-paying job from which she can be fired on a whim, enduring a steady stream of condescension, indifference and passive-aggressive notes on Mrs. X's posh stationery. Against the advice of family and friends, she stays because of her devotion to Grayer but how long will it be before she explodes? The pages fairly crackle with class resentment that might have been more convincing if Nanny's own family weren't as comfortable, and the finale delivers more whimper than bang, but it's easy to forgive such flaws when everything else rings true. Especially impressive is the authors' ability to allow the loathsome Mrs. X occasional flashes of humanity and pathos. Required reading for parents and the women they hire to do their parenting. National advertising and author publicity. (Mar.) Forecast: With Julia Roberts doing the Random Audio version, and film rights already sold to Miramax, the sky's the limit for this thoroughly appealing title. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

This is an inside story. The authors have both worked as nannies for well-to-do New Yorkers, and here they fictionalize their experiences to protect the innocentDand the guilty! (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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