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The Nanny Diaries

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ISBN13: 9780312278588
ISBN10: 0312278586
Condition: Standard
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1. Why do you think the characters are never assigned real names?

2. Considering the harsh and fickle treatment Nan receives from Mrs. X, why do you think she stays with the family?

3. What kind of person do you think Grayer will grow up to be?

4. Why do you think that Nanny told Mrs. X about Mr. X's mistress before she left for good? Was it to protect her or was it for revenge?

5. If you were Nanny's family (parents, grandmother, boyfriend) would you support her decision to work for the X's? Consider her almost missing her graduation, her time constraints with finding a new apartment, as well as her emotional health and unfair compensation.

6. Would you have spoken your mind on the teddy bear tape recorder before leaving the X's household for good? Why do you think Nanny erased her initial outburst? How long would you be able to hold your tongue if found in a comparable work situation?

7. If you had the money that the X's had and could enrich your child's life with exotic foods, violin lessons, private schooling and French classes, would you and why? What do you think is appropriate for a child and what crosses the line?

8. How much responsibility should a nanny take in raising her employer's child?

9. Do you think Nanny will stay in the child-care profession after this experience?

10. Do you think this book is depressing or hopeful? How much is realistic vs. imaginary (a stretch) in your opinion?

11. If you employ domestic help, has this book changed your dialogue and/or view of that relationship? What rules of nannying would you require if you were hiring someone to take care of your child?

12. Why do you think this book has struck a cord with readers at this time?

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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:
Kraus, Nicola
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
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..
Series Volume:
1309
Publication Date:
20030318
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.51 x 0.87 in

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Product details 320 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 ,
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...

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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