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The Nanny Diaries: A Novel

by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

St. Martin's Press | February 6, 2007 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Nanny Diaries: A Novel is rated 2.8077 out of 5 by 26.

WANTED:
One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love geting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employer's Hermes bag. Those who take it personally need not apply.

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 X's 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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.69 × 4.25 × 1.05 in

Published: February 6, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312948042

ISBN - 13: 9780312948047

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoping for more from the film... Funny - Devil Wears Prada (horrible boss w/expensive taste) with a kid on top. If you've ever had a nightmare boss/job then this is a good read. However, calling the main character Nanny and the parents Mr. & Mrs. X just seemed out of place to me. I just felt like there was something missing. I'm hoping the movie will make up for this.
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from See the Movie I saw the movie before reading the book and figured since the movie was amazing, the book must be even better because books are always better! I was wrong. It was boring and not as funny or cute as the movie was. It was confusing at times, and let me ask one question: WHY WOULD ANYONE'S NAME BE NANNY? See the movie instead. It's much better.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Starts out strong but can't finish the race In a industry that is filled with novels which revolve around internalized-thinking, lower-middle class, city-dwelling women characters, this book doesn't measure up. The book starts out strong about a college-student who covers costs by working as a nanny, which is also her name. Certain aspects of this book were funny and quippy about the troubles that child-care workers can experience, yet the book's storyline runs flat when it lacks true romance between Nanny and the gentleman who lives in the same buildiing not to mention compassion between the high-class mother and son. More importantly, this book lacks a satifying ending. It is almost as if the book was written for a sequel. This book screams that it was written to become a movie. (Which, in my opinion, also wasn't very good.) I found the books I have recommended in Similar Titles to be more enjoyable.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny I really enjoyed this book and read it before I ever knew it would be a movie. I watched the movie and it was okay but could not compare to the book. Don't be diasppointed by the movie but watch it after reading the book. The book has so many more funny parts and is so much more indepth.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fun I really liked this book it was truly funny and heart tugging at parts. It is a great read for meny people and I would recommend it, but it is quite different from the movie, so to people who are buying it because they liked the movie I hope you enjoy it and are not disappointed because it has differences. I loved it.
Date published: 2008-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Time Hopefully the movie is better but the book is very disappointing.
Date published: 2007-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Content - Boring Heroine - Bad Ending This book offered a really juicy look into the New York nanny scene, but I found the title character (Nanny - ummm...yeah, that's her name...great...) spineless, boring, and not very well-defined or well-written. Her relationship with the child she cared for was nice and genuine, and her employers (named Mr. & Mrs. X - how dumb is that?) were deliciously awful, but I tired of her zipped lips - or inability to stick up for herself. I also felt that her relationship with HH (another stupid character name) was under-developed and should basically have been left out. And don't even get me started on the ending. It was like the writer had a deadline and just basically stopped writing. Not the best I've read - and I am not that picky...
Date published: 2007-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "Hated It!" Don't read this book. I was angry at the lack of character development, and the end. It was fiction for goodness sake - something could have been blown up in the story??? Pick it up at your own risk. A waste of time, I'd say.
Date published: 2007-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Read I enjoyed this book a lot. It vividly points to problems of our society. Not enough time with our kids, less time with our husbands/wives, and so on. I recommend this book for all parents thinking that everything will be better, if we will earn more $$$$ (think about it at what price are we getting this money— no time with our most important loved ones????)
Date published: 2007-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ridiculous! This book was terribly cliche and poorly written. It was a major disappointment.
Date published: 2007-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't bother my title says it all. It left me flat. I felt there were many ways that the authors could have ended this book in a more uplifting manner. I'm glad this book is a work of fiction as I would hate to think that mothers that have nannies would actually think so little of their children and the women they hire to take care of them.
Date published: 2007-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Fun Read This was a fun book to read - a great pick when you just want to be entertained. Sort of like the People Magazine of books. I suggest it for a beach read or for those rainy day Sundays.
Date published: 2006-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny but heartbreaking... "The Nanny Diaries" is a great read because it reminds you what is really important in life and what happens to those who overlook it. I suffered confused emotions throughout the book. At times, I laughed at the ignorance or Mrs. X. However, more often, my heart ached for Nan and Grayer (aka Grover). It made me think about all the little children out there who are neglected by their money-obsessed parents. I would say that this book is about child abuse. Mr. and Mrs. X win the award for most terrible parents ever. Furthermore, Mrs. X kept taking people out of Grayer's life who actually gave him the love that he desired and needed. It was heart-breaking!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Going totally no where This book isn't that funny - like the cover says. It's story goes no where and the main character is such a doormat it makes me wonder what the point of this book was. Kept reading cause thought there was a point but turns out there wasn't. Disappointing.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why are they making a movie outta this? This book was terrible...Nothing happened and the ending was a hige letdown. I don't know why they'd make a movie outta this when there are other amazing books out there. Mystery to me...
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Engh. If you want a great summer read look elsewhere. It flips back and forth between third person and first person. It makes you to not want to be a nanny. Sounds like the authors are trying to lash back at former employers. Go buy The Devil Wears Prada to get your money's worth.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a good fun stupid read this book was a fun read but it was stupid (i would assume that people would already be expecting this anyway). the ending was pretty dumb but overall, it was readable
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok I thought this was an ok read. I felt as though it never got very exciting. It was just the same thing over and over. The nanny being taken advantage of by her employer. And just when you thought she'd stick up for herself, she doesn't. Very uninspiring.
Date published: 2006-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An entertaining read! I bought this book at an airport and it was a great read. The authors clearly write from experience and through Nanny's eyes the reader gains funny and often shocking insights into New York's high society . The characters are very real and I became deeply involved in the story as I read. It certainly made me laugh and tugged at my hearstrings. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for well-written, mature yet laugh-out-loud chick-lit!
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as Good As I Expected I finished this book and was disappointed. It was alright to read, but for some reason I expected something better. To simply accept it for what it was, I just have to say the ending left me frustrated. My heart broke for the little boy throughout the book which I think was a lot of the reason I didn't enjoy it more. The humour simply didn't make up for the heartache and I just wish that the ending could have been resolved better and that Nanny could have left a 'good-bye' message for little Grayer. How could she have just left him without trying to get a message to him? That was what bothered me. I don't like to finish a book like this and feel sad. I was quite frankly angry at the authors.
Date published: 2004-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional This was a great book; it was an emotional one, but not a tear jerker...when Nanny got mad, I got mad. -Hard to put down and worth the read.
Date published: 2004-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nanny Diaries... It was okay, I guess... but I must say that I was a little bit disappointed. I thought there would have been a bit more happening in it. I heard that its going to be a movie, but I'm not sure that there is enough- you know- oomph to make it into one. I've read much better.
Date published: 2003-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing read for the summer time! I throughly enjoyed this book, however the ending was somewhat frustrating and seemed to leave the reader wondering what was going to happen next. It was extremely frustrating to see how Grayers parents acted to both him and Nanny. It is a very exciting book to read however, and I absolutly fell in love with the little boy and admired the way Nanny took care of him. I highly recommend this book to moms too!!!
Date published: 2003-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You Can't Put Down. Even as someone who has had the luxury of only babysitting perhaps a handful of times in my life, this book proved to be highly engaging. Straight from the beginning, this novel becomes one you cannot put down. For days I was living in the world of Nanny and the Xes, and their frustration and scandal. This book will make you smile, make you frustrated and angry, as well as shock you. Although I do also agree that the end of the story was not quite as satisfying as I would have wished it to be, I would still recommend this novel in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2003-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Although the ending was a little disappointing Graham won my heart, as I’m sure he would to many of the readers out there. Nanny was typical of myself at her age, being taken advantage of because a certain child holds a special place in your heart. I only hope some of the “mothers” out there who employee young ladies read this and realize the way they act can sometimes be atrocious.
Date published: 2003-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ever Babysat...Not like This! If you have ever baby-sat you will be greatful that it wasn't for the Xes. This nanny has her hands filled, caring not only for the child, but for the rest of the family. Whoever said life is easy when you are rich hasn't had the money to live the life. I could not wait to finish this book and would rush home from work to read a few chapters. This book is by far an excellent read.
Date published: 2003-05-23

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The Nanny Diaries: A Novel

The Nanny Diaries: A Novel

by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.69 × 4.25 × 1.05 in

Published: February 6, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312948042

ISBN - 13: 9780312948047

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PROLOGUEThe InterviewEvery season of my nanny career kicked off with a round of interviews so surreally similar that I'd often wonder if the mothers were slipped a secret manual at the Parents League to guide them through. This initial encounter became as repetitive as religious ritual, tempting me, in the moment before the front door swung open, either to kneel and genuflect or say, "Hit it!" No other event epitomized the job as perfectly, and it always began and ended in an elevator nicer than most New Yorkers' apartments. *** The walnut-paneled car slowly pulls me up, like a bucket in a well, toward potential solvency. As I near the appointed floor I take a deep breath; the door slides open onto a small vestibule which is the portal to, at most, two apartments. I press the doorbell. Nanny Fact: she always waits for me to ring the doorbell, even though she was buzzed by maximum security downstairs to warn of my imminent arrival and is probably standing on the other side of the door. May, in fact, have been standing there since we spoke on the telephone three days ago. The dark vestibule, wallpapered in some gloomy Colefax and Fowler floral, always contains a brass umbrella stand, a horse print, and a mirror, wherein I do one last swift check of my appearance. I seem to have grown stains on my skirt during the train ride from school, but otherwise I'm pulled together--twin set, floral skirt, and some Gucci-knockoff sandals I bought in the Village. She is always tiny. Her ha
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WANTED:
One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love geting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employer's Hermes bag. Those who take it personally need not apply.

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 X's 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.

About the Author

Nicola Kraus and Amme McLaughlin write together in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

McLaughlin and Kraus...[have a] carefully calibrated sense of compassion and delicious sense of the absurd.

Bookclub Guide

Wanted:
One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply.
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 Xs 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 importantly, 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.