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THE NANNY DIARIES
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Genre: Mainstream, Chick lit

2002 Best Chick Lit Novel Award Winner

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In this hilarious social satire about the life of a New York City nanny, first-time authors (and former nannies) McLaughlin and Kraus provide a fascinating glimpse into a Park Avenue not often seen in public.

The main characterthe aptly-named "Nanny"becomes a nanny to four-year-old Grayer X after a quick, spontaneous playtime in the park and an almost nonexistent interview process. "Nanny Fact: in every one of my interviews, references are never checked. I am white. I speak French. My parents are college-educated. I have no visible piercings and have been to Lincoln Center in the last two months. I'm hired."

As the nanny in the X household, Nan quickly becomes adept at multi-taskingrunning Grayer to one of his many afternoon appointments, picking up a variety of party favors for an upcoming dinner party, and making play dates with strange children. As her employers' marriage begins to fall apart, the question becomes "How long can Nan continue to balance Mrs. X's rules, her own integrity and Grayer's need for some semblance of normalcy?"

The humor used by Nanny throughout THE NANNY DIARIES helps to maintain the book's light tone even as it addresses the very serious societal issue of how our children are being raised (and by whom). McLaughlin & Kraus inject a sense of the ridiculous through their portrayals of the various characters.

Moreover, their descriptions of the scenes use so many details that even the most skeptical reader might wonder if these portrayals hit a little bit closer to home than some of our elite society would like. A terrific, touching read. (Now available, 306 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Carey Applegate

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: April 2002

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