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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312291639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312291631
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,023,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Nanny Diaries is an absolutely addictive peek into the utterly weird world of child-rearing in the upper reaches of Manhattan's social strata. Cowritten by two former nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the novel follows the adventures of the aptly named Nan as she negotiates the Byzantine byways of working for Mrs X, a Park Avenue mommy. Nan's four-year-old charge, the hilariously named Grayer (his pals include Josephina, Christabelle, Brandford, and Darwin) is a genuinely good sort. He can't help it if his mother has scheduled him for every activity known to the Upper East Side, including ice-skating, French lessons, and a Mommy and Me group largely attended by nannies. What makes the book so impossible to put down is the suspense of finding out what the unbelievably inconsiderate Mrs X will demand of Nan next. One pictures the two authors having the last hearty laugh on their former employers. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"A national phenomenon." -"Newsweek""" "Diabolically funny." "-The New York Times" "[Nanny is] Mary Poppins channeling Dorothy Parker." -"Time""" "Impossible to put down." -"Vogue" "McLaughlin and Kraus...[have a] carefully calibrated sense of compassion and delicious sense of the absurd." -"Entertainment Weekly"  --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
If you've ever worked as a nanny or even worked with children this book is an absolute must. Discard anything you are reading now and pick it up. It's a long awaited classic. The co-writers have created a genuine female voice which puts those to shame those who think a woman in her early 20's has little to offer - it's also an absolute scream, an entertaining read from cover to cover. I'm an English woman who worked as a nanny in Westchester County when I was 18 and this book brought it all back home.It's perfect in every way - it shows New Yorks privilaged class up, as the disfunctional fragrant bunch that they are. I only wish I had the strength that the central character "nan" has - I'm sure that the authors have embellished a little, as this nanny manages most situations with apolomb and although we hear her very real reactions to hilariously unacceptable behaviour from the mother of her charge she always keeps her cool. In reality many nannies probably lost their cool as well as smoking far too much and sneaking out to diners at 2 am to bare their souls to equally somnolent counterparts. This is like a glance at the old yearbook for me, a real blast from the past. To the authors: thanks for reminding me that what I learnt back then was worthwhile.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Colgan on 11 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
Don't think of this as a Bridget Jones style book at all, just because it's written as a diary by young women. Not that Bridget isn't great, but this is wonderful and completely different- you'll know if it's your kind of thing by the end of the extremely funny prologue.
It's a great look at the world of the miserable super-rich, and you will definitely find yourself wanting to smack Mrs X for her supercilious little notes, however sorry you may end up feeling for her. The little boy is written with real tenderness, and the story is funny, heartwarming and really painful by turns. This is just solid, popular good reading and incredibly enjoyable. Indulge!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
If I didn't know that the two authors had worked for New York families, I wouldn't have believed that such a world could exist. Hopefully, the extremes of behaviour are exaggerated - although sadly, they probably are not. I lurched between laughing and feeling my eyes filling up. How can any parent possibly be so unknowingly nasty to their 'beloved' child? I found myself swearing at the charming Mrs X, unable to believe that Nan could put up with so much. At first I found this lack of retaliation a bit unconvincing, but in reality, if your livelihood depends upon you forever capitulating, then capitulate you will.
A great read, that I finished far too quickly, wishing there was much more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Francis on 29 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
As a young woman with aspirations of living a so-called fairytale life of posh dinner parties, luxury penthouse apartments and private schools for children with monikers such as Josephina, Darwin and Carter, this book really brought it home as to how odd and overprotected some of these people actually are!
Nan is a NYU senior in Early Childhood Development, who shares a studio with a roommate and her not-so-hygienic boyfriend is struggling to put herself through college whilst having enough cash to pay the rent, eat, and clothe herself and party!
At the other end of the spectrum is Mrs X, a 40-something University of Connecticut Art History graduate who lives in a beautiful apartment that in all honesty, is quite frankly probably as big as many of the school's that us regular people attended!
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh and enjoying the trials and tribulations of one young girl working for the Manhattan socialites!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Set in modern-day New York, this book had me hooked from page one.
Nanny, a student at university, is struggling to pay the rent. She opts to be a nanny for a super-rich Manhatten family, who are the steroetypical New-Yorkers - dad is never there, mum does not work, yet is strangely too busy to look after her only child, and of course, the spoilt child from hell. The continual demands if the socialite mother are often cringe-worthy and if you have ever looked after someone else's children, especially in New York, you actually know this woman. She is Miss Manhatten with her PRADA shoes and GUCCI handbag and her long list of unreasonable demands for her ever-sufferning nanny. She has brought a child into the world, but this child is sometimes banished to the toilet to eat for fear of making a mess.
On top of this, Nanny finds herself in utterly hilarious situations, including being dressed up as a teletubby by the ego-inflated mother for Halloween. Add to this, as father who is having an affair, overtime and the drop-dead gorgeous man from upstairs and you will not be able to put this book down!
I laughed and smiled my way through the book. Kraus and McLaughlin have captured life as a Manhatten nanny to a tee! Bring on the sequal!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable read-a peek into the lives of the rich and famous and those who serve them. The only truly unbelievable character is the too-good-to-be-true pushover that is Nanny herself. I have been a nanny and am now a mum and can easily understand that a relationship between these two people is inevitably fraught with difficulty. I can believe that people like Mrs. X exist in the world. But Nan is too nice, too silly, just not real. I would have liked her to have a bit more spark. Otherwise, a fun, light read I would reccommend for the beach or aeroplane.
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