Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Book of the day: "The Nanny Diaries"

In honor of International Chick Lit Month and our one year blogoversary, we're bringing you a book a day (and then some). If you've read the book and want to comment on this post with your thoughts, please do. If you haven't read it yet, we hope you'll take interest in it after hearing our thoughts. To make this fun, anyone who comments on any of these posts has a chance to be entered in a drawing for a special prize. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win! (See here for contest details.)

"The Nanny Diaries" by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus:

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 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 Herm├Ęs 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. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads.)

Melissa P:
I found this book to be extremely upsetting, but I also thought it was really good. I wanted to smack the mother of that poor little boy.

Melissa A:
I thought it was a fun read and Nanny was easy to sympathize with. I think it paved the way for books like "A Devil Wears Prada," where women have a completely crazy and stressful job situation. This story also translated well onto the big screen.

More by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus:


Margie said...

Looks like this might be a fun book. But it is probably frustrating to see what the Nanny goes through each day.
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BRN2SHOP9 said...

Sounds like a good book

Literary Chanteuse said...

I read this one and loved it! Very funny!


S.Sabia said...

I really liked this book, I'm looking forward to Nanny Returns.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I listened to the audio version of this book awhile back and would love to now read it. I have a friend who was a nanny for a few years so it was interesting to hear her stories too.


Jeryl M. said...

I read this . It was a good book.

Shaz Goodwin said...

I actually think this would prompt quite strong feelings for me - which isn't necessarily a bad thing! Not high on my wish list though.

Literary Chanteuse said...

S. Sabia I've read both Nanny Diaries & Nanny Returns. The first one is better. I'd love to know what you think when you've read it.

Linda Kish said...

This was such a fun book.

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Nina said...

I never thought this would be a book I'd be interested in (okay, so maybe I don't care for Scarlett Johansson :-O) but after giving the description another read I actually think I should give it a try!

JessicaWaggoner said...

Not usually into this kind of book but might give this one a read or maybe I just haven't liked the movies about Nannies. I did like the show the nanny, so maybe. Does sound funny.

Unknown said...

ah... another great classic!!!


Anonymous said...

I got this book for my sister for her birthday. I of course haven't read it yet. I promise to get around to it. :) I am glad you all enjoyed it.

Bec said...

I've seen the film but have never read the book. Unfortunately I didn't rate the film that highly which probably taints any interest in the book, although the description actually sounds much better than the film ever was!

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Kat said...

I have not read the book but have seen the movie.

Sarah said...

Sounds good:)