The Nanny Diaries

A Novel

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

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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 preschooler.  Must love geting 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 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 X's 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 important, 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.

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PROLOGUE

The Interview

Every season of my nanny career kicked off with a round of interviews so surreally similar that I'd often wonder if the mothers were slipped a secret manual at the Parents League to guide them through. This initial encounter became as repetitive as religious ritual, tempting me, in the moment before the front door swung open, either to kneel and genuflect or say, "Hit it!"

No other event epitomized the job as perfectly, and it always began and ended in an elevator nicer than most New Yorkers' apartments.

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Praise for The Nanny Diaries

"A national phenomenon." -Newsweek
 
"Diabolically funny." -The New York Times
 
"[Nanny is] Mary Poppins channeling Dorothy Parker." -Time
 
"Impossible to put down." -Vogue
 
"McLaughlin and Kraus...[have a] carefully calibrated sense of compassion and delicious sense of the absurd." -Entertainment Weekly
 

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Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Nicola Kraus and Amme McLaughlin write together in New York City.

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The Nanny Diaries
A Novel
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
February 2007
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312948047
ISBN10: 0312948042
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
March 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312291631
ISBN10: 0312291639
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$15.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312374334
ISBN10: 031237433X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$13.95

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February 2007
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ISBN: 9781429953658
ISBN10: 1429953659
320 pages
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