Synopses & Reviews
Read by Julia Roberts
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 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 apartment, Nanny takes a job caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved in ensuring 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's nearly impossible mission becomes maintaining 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.
"[A] hilarious debut that pulls no punches....Required reading for parents and the women they hire to do their parenting." Publishers Weekly
"[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
"[A] comic yet affecting novel of manners, or serious lack thereof. The engaging, almost addictive book...has quickly become a phenomenon....The book is Mary Poppins meets Bonfire of the Vanities meets Sex in the City, without the sex but with all the Italian leather accessories." Karen Heller, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"[S]harply observed and stylishly written." W
"[A]n amusingly cutthroat novel....Some of these episodes are hilarious....And some are horribly sad....Looking through Nan's eyes into the lives of Manhattan's rich is a lot of fun she's biting." Library Journal
"[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
"[A] tart, lively, and genuinely openhearted debut....The Nanny Diaries is a sharply barbed comedy of manners....McLaughlin and Kraus are largely sympathetic to the children (who can't, after all, be blamed for the sins of their clueless parents), but they spare little mercy for monster moms and dads like Mr. and Mrs. X....[D]espite the fact that McLaughlin and Kraus have both worked as nannies, it's clear that The Nanny Diaries is a work of fiction. The characters are too broad and exaggerated and wincingly funny to be 100 percent true to life." Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"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. Abridged. 4 CDs.
About the Author
Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin have eight combined years of experience as nannies to some of Manhattan's wealthiest families. They live in New York City. They are no longer nannies.