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The Nanny Diaries | [Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus]

The Nanny Diaries

"It appears that the help has been taking notes, and good ones. The help is very sharp-eyed indeed. The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire," raves The New York Times. Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts narrates this popular and critically acclaimed book - an enthusiastic skewering of high society written by two former nannies.
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Publisher's Summary

Who wouldn't want this job? Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.

When the Xes' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and, most important, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.

The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's overprivileged raise les petites overprivileged - as if grooming them for a Best in Show competition. Written by two former nannies, this alternately comic and poignant satire punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class.

©2002 Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Chick Lit Novel, 2002

"The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire." (New York Times)

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    Joanne Gunnison, CO, USA 03-14-03
    Joanne Gunnison, CO, USA 03-14-03 Member Since 2002
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    "The Nanny Diaries"

    What a hoot. Light, funny, fast, quick. Simplistic but engaging character development, teensy but amusing plot, a chick-flick audio escape that is clever and funny.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen San Francisco, CA, USA 01-06-03
    Ellen San Francisco, CA, USA 01-06-03
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    "Bitter"

    I expected to find the story entertaining, but instead I found it depressing and bitter. The quality of the reading (Julia Roberts) and recording were good.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 06-19-03
    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 06-19-03 Member Since 2002
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    "The Nanny Diaries"

    I really like this book. I'm usually a mystery reader but I thought I'd try something different. Julia Roberts did a great job with reading. You want something different - try this!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan allen, TX, USA 03-13-04
    Susan allen, TX, USA 03-13-04
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    "Great"

    Great light reading---kept me on the road and driving through those wee morning hours. Very entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek scranton, PA, USA 06-09-03
    Derek scranton, PA, USA 06-09-03
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    "A Nice Surprise. By a man..."

    I downloaded this book for my wife and ended up listening to it completely. As a parent I loved it, but the rich snotty class wont enjoy this book. If your a person who hires a nanny and treats them like this go read the comics. But if your a working class person its a good book to listen to and you wont wonder anymore why rich kids often grow up so messed up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Twyla Menomonie, WI, United States 01-14-03
    Twyla Menomonie, WI, United States 01-14-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Depressing"

    There is not enough humor in this book to be considered satire. It comes off as resentful and depressing. The whole nanny situation seems a sad state of affairs.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. P 06-16-04
    Mrs. P 06-16-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "enjoyable"

    light and fun, nice for daily commute

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lightning TigerFists Chicago USA 04-12-04
    Lightning TigerFists Chicago USA 04-12-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "Julia Roberts doesn't cut it."

    This book is nothing remarkable, but it's made MUCH worse by Julia Roberts' flat narration. Her attempts to speak like a child are absolutely horrible and make your skin crawl. I'd read it rather than listen to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Kalamazoo, MI, USA 04-02-04
    Michelle Kalamazoo, MI, USA 04-02-04
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    "A glimpse of the ultra rich"

    I really enjoyed this book. The portrayal of Mr. and Mrs. X, the extreme of superficial, makes one think about what is important in life. The over-the-top description of their life in comparison to that of the nanny and her charge is sad and yet thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Charleston, SC, USA 01-07-04
    Catherine Charleston, SC, USA 01-07-04
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    "Great Story, but narration drones"

    The story is very fun, but Julia Roberts doesn't quite read it in any sort of believable way. It sounds like she is just rushing through it. Hardly any inflection. The story rings true of New York society and it's hilarious. Worth getting, but maybe you should read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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