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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1585424102
  • ASIN: B000EUKR54
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,016,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As a working mother struggling to find good childcare, Kline turned her problem into a treasure trove, first by founding a small business, White House Nannies, Inc., that solves childcare problems for the nation's elite, and now by writing about their desperate, amusing cases. While the meandering pace of her book requires some getting used to-it takes 44 pages and several interruptions to find the first candidate, a nanny suitable for a prominent TV personality-readers will eventually appreciate that Kline is using this first narrative as a thread around which the rest of the stories are woven. And some of the stories are amusing. "A young nanny from California first realized she'd moved in with an unusual family when she heard the biotech executive mother put her children to bed via intercom: 'Lizzie and Carter, get into your jammies.'" D.C. cognoscenti will recognize many of the families Kline describes, but even readers outside the beltway will know at least one of the clients: political duo Mary Matalin and James Carville, who require help when their beloved nanny, Ella, dies while they're on vacation. But the book provides a lot more than just the gossipy pleasure of peering into famous nurseries. Kline offers trenchant insights about the callous way many parents view their nannies (i.e., "somewhere between a pet and an invisible life form"), the reluctance to pay properly for the work itself and the difficulties dual-career couples have while trying to juggle their ambitions and their loved ones. She also offers lots of wonderful, if indirect, advice about how to get along with your nanny and how to deal tactfully with outrageously demanding customers. Of interest to anyone who's ever hired a babysitter, Kline's will also intrigue aspiring nannies and small business owners. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–After struggling to find good child care in the Washington, DC, area, Kline decided to open White House Nannies, which caters to the nation's most influential people. Over the 20 years that her agency has been in business, the author has managed to garner a collection of anecdotes and stories that are not only funny, but also serve as a lesson to anyone with, considering having, or taking care of a baby. Even those thinking about starting a small business can benefit from this book as they read about Kline's trials and tribulations. Over the years, she has become an expert on how difficult–and important–it is to find quality child care. She not only provides examples of good and bad experiences but also offers practical advice on a variety of issues. She explains that many parents view their nannies as somewhere between a pet and an invisible life form, seeming to forget that this is a person whom they have entrusted to take care of their child for 10 or 12 hours a day.–Erin Dennington, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA
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Customer Reviews

This book was so bad that it was actually painful to reach the end.
Jane
It is NOWHERE near as funny or interesting, and at least Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus had the decency not to name names.
S. Cohn
I checked this book out under the new section of the library, and found it to be just an awful read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SB on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
White House Nannies tells stories of the interworkings of the nanny placement world that are worth telling. I laughed at Barbara, at White House Nannies, and at the families and nannies they bring together - some more successfully than others. As a working mother with nannies functioning as the 3rd parent in my home for over 7 years, I also laughed at myself as there was a story or maybe even two that "hit home." White House Nannies focuses on the humor in the struggle to balance work, marriage and family. The tongue-and-cheek syle of writing brings out the humor in every example (some typical and some not so typical) of this struggle. Very entertaining!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Jones on May 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think Barabara Klines' book is very funny and highly readable. It is also extremely educational. Barbara
has an excellent grip on what makes the nanny -mom relationship tick. They are both devoted to the same child and are on each other's radar screen constantly. Understanding where the other is coming from does not always come naturally but is essential if the duo are going to work. This book is rich in insight into that critical relationship. What makes this book rise above many of the other Nanny books, ( such as Nanny Diaries) is that the working mom is not demonized. Barbara is eminently sympathetic to the plight of the working mom, as she is a committed working mother herself , devoted to both work and children.
She manages to identify with them and value their dilemna and their needs and absolutely delights in coming to their rescue. She does not dismiss them as narcissistic,greedy, selfish shopaholics as they are pictured in Nanny Diaries. Instead they are real women trying to make their life work with the best childcare money can buy. She seems to truly value their desire to keep both balls in the air. Even with all the money to buy the best in childcare life doesn't fall into place so easily. This is all very real and Barbara feels uniquely sympathetic to both Mom and Nanny as they try to forge this unique relationship.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a busy mom on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I laughed my way through this book. I also cringed more than once, seeing myself and the women around me all too clearly in Kline's clients. You don't have to be a D.C. power player to relate to the comedy-- and, oh yes, the tragedy-- of trying to keep your brilliant career going while raising a kid or kids. This book is a fun read, but I also came away from WHITE HOUSE NANNIES committed to making some much-needed cuts to my work schedule. Would that my own life may never serve as fodder for the likes of this brilliantly engaging book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DCReader on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is an intelligent and very funny look at the often wild world of child care. It's not only for the Washington crowd to guess who the players are, but every parent can recognize him or herself somewhere in this book. After reading this book you should feel much more comfortable with your own lot! It's an easy read that will make you laugh out loud.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KN on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read! Anyone who has ever been a nanny or employed a nanny will feel like Barbara is an old friend! I couldn't put it down!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2007
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I loved reading this book! As a 'new' nanny, I found this book very useful. At first i said I wouldn't want to work with a family like these mentioned in the book, but then I thought more about it, and I actually wouldn't mind getting the 'experience'. I live in So cal, so we do have families like those D.C. families. This is a must read!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Cohn on June 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because Kline was signing copies in a bookstore in Baltimore. Everyone said it was funny. I'm 50 pages into it, and I have to say that I am already so sick of her exposing the private lives of her clients and dropping names left and right (one of THE most annoying DC traits, I must say). She is clearly trying to ride the wave of the popularity of The Nanny Diaries. It is NOWHERE near as funny or interesting, and at least Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus had the decency not to name names. As one of the other reviewers stated, this is just an advertisement for herself. I actually considered returning to the bookstore and asking for my money back. What a sore disappointment.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jillie on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I saw this in the library, I guess I was expecting another version of The Nanny Diaries, which was cute. This "novel," however, was poorly written and jumped all over the place; there were no smooth transitions at all. It was basically one big promo of her company--any time she mentioned a "horror story" she was quick to add that it wasn't one of HER nannies. Basically, I thought it was boring and that the writing style emulated that of the 3rd graders I teach. It took me about an hour to read, after which I thought, "How did THAT get published?" If you want to read a nanny book, try the Nanny Diaries. This book is stupid.
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