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If you're looking for something wickedly funny and as New York as a bagel and cream cheese, stop here first. This is the author's first novel, but you'd never know it from the high quality of the writing. Don't miss this fun listen. Mary Poppins eat your heart out! (Dana, Marketing Coordinator)
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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.
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Critic reviews

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. ( New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joanne on 14-03-03

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ellen Spertus on 06-01-03

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.

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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