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The Nanny Diaries | [Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus]

The Nanny Diaries

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.
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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear. The symbiotic relationship between parent and nanny ensures that your life will be spent anticipating and fulfilling the needs of your charge and your employer. Have fun! The readers of this book certainly will.

©2002 Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; (P)2002 Books on Tape, 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." (The New York Times)

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    Jemi Norwalk, CT, USA 01-31-05
    Jemi Norwalk, CT, USA 01-31-05
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    "Read it First"

    I read this book when it was a new release. I loved it and thought it would be a fun listen. This book is fantastic. The reader is captivating and fun. She gets the book and the makes you want more! A definite listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shanna Oakland, NJ, USA 11-12-04
    Shanna Oakland, NJ, USA 11-12-04
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    "I'll Miss You Nanny!"

    Very entertaining! When I finished this book, I was already missing the charachters. Anyone who ever babysat can understand some of what Nanny has been through. A Must Read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Windsor, Ontario, Canada 12-29-04
    Beth Windsor, Ontario, Canada 12-29-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Nanny Abuse"

    While I found the book enjoyable, my frustration grew as the level of abuse endured by Nanny increased throughout. The problem is, she was so abused by the Xs that it was no longer funny, and toward the end, I went from finding her to be a loving, amusing character to a downright pathetic individual who could really benefit from some counseling. In fact, her evident self-loathing-- who else would put up with this kind of abuse?-- got in the way of my enjoyment of what was otherwise a fun "listen."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 01-10-11
    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2010

    I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

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    "Not what I expected"

    Well written, I have the feeling I'd really like the authors. It just wasn't the light, "airplane" book I'd been looking for. I know it is fiction, but it read like it was real...

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    "Disappointed"

    I kept on thinking the book was going to get better; however,it never did. I was disappointed with this book.

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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 02-25-09
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 02-25-09 Member Since 2006
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    "It ended short"

    This book made me want to take my kids on date and just let them know how much I, as their mother, love them. I hope that there really aren't people like Mr. and Mrs. X in the world. Money and things are very cold companions if that is all you have.I would have given this four stars but there were way too many "f" words in it for me. I also would like to know more of what happened to Nanny and HH

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    Julie Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-16-07
    Julie Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-16-07
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    "Made Me Cringe"

    An entertaining story that would be far less painful to listen to if it weren't true (in theory, anyway). Well written, well read and thought provoking, definitely worth the listener's time.

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    Liz 11-07-07
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    "i laughed out loud"

    Be careful listening to this book in public because people will look at you funny when you laugh out loud. Great narration.

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    Janet Saint Joseph, MI, United States 09-21-07
    Janet Saint Joseph, MI, United States 09-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "tragic"

    Ok, this book was supposed to be funny. I never laughed. I found it terribly sad. I hoped I could find the humor but I just couldn't. How horrible, the boy is 4, desperately loves the parents he never sees. Desperately loves his nannys that his mom keeps firing... i just don't get it. I think this is not for Mom's who raise their own children.

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    Terry Pomfret Center, CT, USA 09-16-07
    Terry Pomfret Center, CT, USA 09-16-07
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    "Entertaining, Thoughtful"

    This was a fast read. I loved some characters (you know who), despised others (ditto), and never changed my mind. No hidden agendas there, for sure. I understood Nanny's agonizing involvement, tolerating the abusive treatment of nasty Mrs X (but at one time feeling compassion for the woman!), while ignoring the advice of those who cared for her. She said it over & over, "What would happen to Grayer"? She loved him dearly, and couldn't leave him. Simple as that. She became emotionally involved. I don't believe it was masochistic behavior; just kindness, which she hoped mattered. Plus, this was her job; this was the way she earned her money while going to school. She felt she could make good wages (when she didn't get stiffed). She stuck it out, enduring working for the horrible Xs. Who hasn't done that? But she knew it wouldn't be forever. I enjoyed the humor concerning the "summer rental" (chipped mugs, sloped bedroom ceiling) at Nantucket. We all know those cottages. Nanny's place in the car under the canoe (which never changed!) fit right in. I didn't miss the small part where Mr X smiled, and Nanny glimpsed Grayer's likeness for such a fleeting moment; Mr. X had once been, as Grayer is now. Then it was gone. Only, Mr. X never had Nanny. Kathe Mazur, as reader, was great. One of the best I've ever heard.

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