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ISBN13: 9780312278588
ISBN10: 0312278586
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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 pre-schooler
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 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 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.

The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's over-privileged raise les petites over-privileged — 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.

Review:

"First-novelists and former nannies McLaughlin and Kraus get the details right: in acid asides, they limn the decor, trendy therapies, and the pretensions of social-climbing Manhattanites....Sometimes farcical, largely sincere — and ultimately trivial." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[T]he wicked fascination of this novel lies in all the wacky tidbits about life in the social stratosphere....[V]ery funny..." New York Magazine

Review:

"[T]he details, devastating as they are, ring true, making this [book]...impossible to put down." Vogue

Review:

"[D]iabolically funny....[The] heroine...is a vastly entertaining narrator and impromptu social critic....This book is saved from self-righteousness not only by the authors' cleverness but also by their compassion." Janet Maslin, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

An uproarious satire of a smash TV talent show, told from the point of view of a down-to-earth young woman who finds herself suddenly on the inside.

Synopsis:

For readers of The Devil Wears Prada and fans of TV shows like American Idol and Americas Got Talent comes Elimination Night, an uproariously funny look at the backstabbing, ego clashes, and 24-7 snafus that transpire behind the scenes of one of the countrys smash talent programs. 

 

Sasha King dreams of being a serious novelist and living the good life with her AWOL hunk of a boyfriend, Brock. But her day job as an assistant producer of Project Icon, the once-mighty ratings juggernaut thats recently taken a hit in the Nielsens ratings, keeps her working nonstop. Shes got her hands full with the shows two new celebrity judges, entrepreneur-actress-singer Bibi Vasquez (“Crew to be forbidden to make eye contact with Artist AT ALL TIMES,” reads her contract) and rock legend Joey Lovecraft, a priapic wild man who doesnt even own a TV (it goes against the teachings of his guru, Tibetan high lama Yutog Gonpo).

 

As the competition among the hopeful, young would-be stars—including the foul-mouthed Mia Pelosi and the chaps-wearing Jimmy Nuggett—heats up, Sasha finds herself constantly putting out fires. A date with a mysterious stranger makes her rethink her devotion to Brock. And then an unexpected revelation rocks her world.

 

A frighteningly smooth host (Wayne Shoreline), muckraking gossip columnists, and powerful people named Nigel round out the pure madcap reading pleasure of Elimination Night, a book so hilariously accurate about the inner workings of the talent show machine that it had to be written anonymously.

Synopsis:

WANTED:

One young woman to take care of a four-year-old boy.

Must be bordering on masochistic.

Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a nap-deprived pre-schooler.

Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family

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?

Nanny is a struggling grad student with no visible piercings. Mrs. X, of Park Avenue, doesn't work, clean, cook, or raise her own child. She makes appointments and lists. Nanny needs a job. Mrs. X needs someone accommodating. Nanny and Mrs. X need each other. In return, Nanny is subjected to erratic shifts, irregular paychecks, and the sullen moods of her four-year-old charge. Sentenced to every play date known to Central Park, and every gourmet-snack run she can handle, Nanny needs a diversion that an afternoon martini can't fulfill. Then she discovers a secret about Mr. X. Navigating a marriage on the rocks and the increasingly paranoid, impossibly demanding attitude of her employer, Nanny is redefining servitude. Because now, Nanny has something worth more than Mrs. X's ill-fitting Prada castoffs as a thankless bonus.

Nanny's acquiring the power of revenge...

About the Author

Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin reside in New York City. They are no longer nannies.

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Jeane, January 26, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
This is about a college student in New York who nannies for a rich family. It's kind of funny, but the characters and storyline are rather flat. Basically, it's all about how badly the "X" parents treat their child, each other and their domestic help. The sad thing is that even though the nanny was a smart college girl, she didn't quit and get a better job when her employer started making unreasonable demands. She stayed and took loads of abuse, claiming it was because she cared so much for the kid, but unable to stand up to the parents or make much of a difference for him. She admitted to being there for the money... A quick read, somewhat entertaining, but in the end mostly I just felt sad for the poor kid.
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bjohnso8, January 2, 2007 (view all comments by bjohnso8)
Awesome book! I would recommend it to anyone. Very down to earth and heart felt writer! A must read
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312278588
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
McLaughlin, Emma
Author:
McLaughlin, Emma
Author:
Anonymous
Author:
Kraus, Nicola
Publisher:
New Harvest
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Manhattan (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Nannies
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Rich people
Subject:
Manhattan
Subject:
Park Avenue
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Book club ed..
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1309
Publication Date:
20130108
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.51 x 0.87 in

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Product details 304 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312278588 Reviews:
"Review" by , "First-novelists and former nannies McLaughlin and Kraus get the details right: in acid asides, they limn the decor, trendy therapies, and the pretensions of social-climbing Manhattanites....Sometimes farcical, largely sincere — and ultimately trivial."
"Review" by , "[T]he wicked fascination of this novel lies in all the wacky tidbits about life in the social stratosphere....[V]ery funny..."
"Review" by , "[T]he details, devastating as they are, ring true, making this [book]...impossible to put down."
"Review" by , "[D]iabolically funny....[The] heroine...is a vastly entertaining narrator and impromptu social critic....This book is saved from self-righteousness not only by the authors' cleverness but also by their compassion."
"Synopsis" by , An uproarious satire of a smash TV talent show, told from the point of view of a down-to-earth young woman who finds herself suddenly on the inside.
"Synopsis" by , For readers of The Devil Wears Prada and fans of TV shows like American Idol and Americas Got Talent comes Elimination Night, an uproariously funny look at the backstabbing, ego clashes, and 24-7 snafus that transpire behind the scenes of one of the countrys smash talent programs. 

 

Sasha King dreams of being a serious novelist and living the good life with her AWOL hunk of a boyfriend, Brock. But her day job as an assistant producer of Project Icon, the once-mighty ratings juggernaut thats recently taken a hit in the Nielsens ratings, keeps her working nonstop. Shes got her hands full with the shows two new celebrity judges, entrepreneur-actress-singer Bibi Vasquez (“Crew to be forbidden to make eye contact with Artist AT ALL TIMES,” reads her contract) and rock legend Joey Lovecraft, a priapic wild man who doesnt even own a TV (it goes against the teachings of his guru, Tibetan high lama Yutog Gonpo).

 

As the competition among the hopeful, young would-be stars—including the foul-mouthed Mia Pelosi and the chaps-wearing Jimmy Nuggett—heats up, Sasha finds herself constantly putting out fires. A date with a mysterious stranger makes her rethink her devotion to Brock. And then an unexpected revelation rocks her world.

 

A frighteningly smooth host (Wayne Shoreline), muckraking gossip columnists, and powerful people named Nigel round out the pure madcap reading pleasure of Elimination Night, a book so hilariously accurate about the inner workings of the talent show machine that it had to be written anonymously.

"Synopsis" by ,
WANTED:

One young woman to take care of a four-year-old boy.

Must be bordering on masochistic.

Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a nap-deprived pre-schooler.

Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family

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?

Nanny is a struggling grad student with no visible piercings. Mrs. X, of Park Avenue, doesn't work, clean, cook, or raise her own child. She makes appointments and lists. Nanny needs a job. Mrs. X needs someone accommodating. Nanny and Mrs. X need each other. In return, Nanny is subjected to erratic shifts, irregular paychecks, and the sullen moods of her four-year-old charge. Sentenced to every play date known to Central Park, and every gourmet-snack run she can handle, Nanny needs a diversion that an afternoon martini can't fulfill. Then she discovers a secret about Mr. X. Navigating a marriage on the rocks and the increasingly paranoid, impossibly demanding attitude of her employer, Nanny is redefining servitude. Because now, Nanny has something worth more than Mrs. X's ill-fitting Prada castoffs as a thankless bonus.

Nanny's acquiring the power of revenge...

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