Review: The Nanny Diaries

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus (2002)

This nanny’s eye-view of Park Avenue parenting is a hoot from start to finish and that’s not just the nanny here talking. A graduate student, only referred to as Nanny, takes a job as caregiver to four-year-old Grayer. Mr. X is barely around and Mrs. X is a real piece of work, part Leona Helmsley and part Mommie Dearest (minus the hangers) who treats her poor child like an accessory. The reader follows as Nanny navigates her way through the hazards of working in the underclass of New York’s Nannydom, which makes for thoroughly entertaining reading.

This book is filled with sharp humor and hilarious attention to detail, obviously based on the authors’ years of personal experience–you can’t make this kind of over-the-top, Manhattan mothering up. If you’re looking for enjoyable vacation reading with a good heart, I recommend you stuff this in your beach bag.


One thought on “Review: The Nanny Diaries

  1. I second your review. The book filled a rainy weekend for me a couple years ago, and it was hard to put down. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

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