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The Perfect Stranger: The Truth about Mothers and Nannies

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Publisher Comments:

Lucy Kaylin has written a book that begins with the watershed moment in a mother's life--when she decides to hire a proxy to care for her children. Given that it's not only affluent women who turn to nannies anymore, this arrangement is also a watershed in the history of women's rights. Women now have choices. And therein lies the problem. Having choices has forced women to confront their feelings about motherhood and work, and to make difficult decisions requiring wrenching sacrifice. It's a murky, ambivalent time, and nowhere is that ambivalence more acutely expressed than in a working mother's relationships with her children's nanny, who serves such a precious function in the private space that is the family home. Lucy Kaylin, an experienced journalist who has interviewed prominent newsmakers of every stripe, isn't afraid to ask the tough questions to get to the heart of this complex relationship. She looks at the nanny/mother relationship from both sides. As a working mother who hired a babysitter of her own, she knows the process intimately. Kaylin exposes both the great joys and the difficult emotional issues that play out when working women invite perfect strangers into their homes to help care for their children.

Review:

"The rift between stay-at-home mothers and working mothers continues to be played out in the media, and Kaylin (the executive editor for Marie Claire and author of For the Love of God) deftly focuses on the women who make it possible for working mothers to continue their careers and leave the raising of the children (and the running of the household) to a stay-at-home substitute: the nanny. Part "how-to" and part "plea for absolution from the guilt... that comes with enlisting the help of a nanny," Kaylin's primer is for women faced with finding a modern-day Mary Poppins. Kaylin speaks from her own experience and includes interviews with nannies and mothers alike (primarily in New York City), so the book abounds with anecdotes to soothe some mothers' worries while stoking the fears of others. Wage, class and race issues are all duly addressed, but the book's primary focus is the ambivalent relationship between mother and nanny, fraught with vacillating emotions of fear, mistrust, love, dependence and subtle struggles for power that rival those in any workplace. Kaylin keeps a brisk pace throughout the book, which is laced with true confessions (including what some mothers discovered through the use of a "nanny-cam," a hidden video camera) and provides a valuable resource to any mother facing the challenge of hiring, well, herself. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'The rift between stay-at-home mothers and working mothers continues to be played out in the media, and Kaylin (the executive editor for Marie Claire and author of For the Love of God) deftly focuses on the women who make it possible for working mothers to continue their careers and leave the raising of the children (and the running of the household) to a stay-at-home substitute: the nanny. Part 'how-to' and part 'plea for absolution from the guilt... that comes with enlisting the help of a nanny,' Kaylin's primer is for women faced with finding a modern-day Mary Poppins. Kaylin speaks from her own experience and includes interviews with nannies and mothers alike (primarily in New York City), so the book abounds with anecdotes to soothe some mothers' worries while stoking the fears of others. Wage, class and race issues are all duly addressed, but the book's primary focus is the ambivalent relationship between mother and nanny, fraught with vacillating emotions of fear, mistrust, love, dependence and subtle struggles for power that rival those in any workplace. Kaylin keeps a brisk pace throughout the book, which is laced with true confessions (including what some mothers discovered through the use of a 'nanny-cam,' a hidden video camera) and provides a valuable resource to any mother facing the challenge of hiring, well, herself. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Journalist Kaylin exposes both the great joys and the difficult emotional issues that play out when working women invite perfect strangers into their homes to help care for their children.

About the Author

Lucy Kaylin is the executive editor of Marie Claire. She was a senior writer for GQ and is the author of For the Love of God. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582344072
Subtitle:
The Truth About Mothers and Nannies
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Author:
Kaylin, Lucy
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Working mothers
Subject:
Nannies
Subject:
Nannies -- United States.
Subject:
Working mothers -- United States.
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070529
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Mothering

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Product details 240 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582344072 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The rift between stay-at-home mothers and working mothers continues to be played out in the media, and Kaylin (the executive editor for Marie Claire and author of For the Love of God) deftly focuses on the women who make it possible for working mothers to continue their careers and leave the raising of the children (and the running of the household) to a stay-at-home substitute: the nanny. Part "how-to" and part "plea for absolution from the guilt... that comes with enlisting the help of a nanny," Kaylin's primer is for women faced with finding a modern-day Mary Poppins. Kaylin speaks from her own experience and includes interviews with nannies and mothers alike (primarily in New York City), so the book abounds with anecdotes to soothe some mothers' worries while stoking the fears of others. Wage, class and race issues are all duly addressed, but the book's primary focus is the ambivalent relationship between mother and nanny, fraught with vacillating emotions of fear, mistrust, love, dependence and subtle struggles for power that rival those in any workplace. Kaylin keeps a brisk pace throughout the book, which is laced with true confessions (including what some mothers discovered through the use of a "nanny-cam," a hidden video camera) and provides a valuable resource to any mother facing the challenge of hiring, well, herself. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'The rift between stay-at-home mothers and working mothers continues to be played out in the media, and Kaylin (the executive editor for Marie Claire and author of For the Love of God) deftly focuses on the women who make it possible for working mothers to continue their careers and leave the raising of the children (and the running of the household) to a stay-at-home substitute: the nanny. Part 'how-to' and part 'plea for absolution from the guilt... that comes with enlisting the help of a nanny,' Kaylin's primer is for women faced with finding a modern-day Mary Poppins. Kaylin speaks from her own experience and includes interviews with nannies and mothers alike (primarily in New York City), so the book abounds with anecdotes to soothe some mothers' worries while stoking the fears of others. Wage, class and race issues are all duly addressed, but the book's primary focus is the ambivalent relationship between mother and nanny, fraught with vacillating emotions of fear, mistrust, love, dependence and subtle struggles for power that rival those in any workplace. Kaylin keeps a brisk pace throughout the book, which is laced with true confessions (including what some mothers discovered through the use of a 'nanny-cam,' a hidden video camera) and provides a valuable resource to any mother facing the challenge of hiring, well, herself. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Journalist Kaylin exposes both the great joys and the difficult emotional issues that play out when working women invite perfect strangers into their homes to help care for their children.
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