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The Perfect Stranger: The Truth About Mothers and Nannies Hardcover – May 29, 2007
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“The SAHM vs. WOHM debate is an active one...Magazine editor and mother Lucy Kaylin explores this complex relationship in her new book, "The Perfect Stranger: The Truth About Mothers and Nannies." After speaking with mothers, nannies and babysitters, Kaylin outlines the challenges, joys and emotions from both sides of this intimate issue.” ―Urban Baby
“[A] frank, humble and big-hearted account of one of the most fraught aspects of modern motherhood...Grippingly but not giddily, Ms. Kaylin...fill[s] readers in on the Cheerios-begrimed true history behind the parodies, demonstrating that most nannies are not hired by socialites in white-glove buildings, but by cash-strapped working women, who turn over to them a substantial portion (sometimes all) of their earnings.” ―New York Times
“Straightforward and engaging…Kaylin is a superb reporter, and her anecdotes ring true on both sides of the equation--the underpaid, overworked babysitter is given as much respect as the ambivalence-ridden, well-meaning mom. What Kaylin has accomplished here is a soul-opening portrait of this murky relationship that any working mother will relate to and find oddly uplifting for calling it like it is.” ―O Magazine
“The nervy Lucy Kaylin bravely dares to confront the emotionally fraught relationship between mothers and The Perfect Stranger (Bloomsbury) they pay to nurture their children.” ―Vanity Fair
“Kaylin addresses [the] controversy without flinching...taken as a whole, her book is more well-crafted collage than polemic -- a portrait of the uneasy symbiosis between less-than-loaded two-income families and the 'unprecedented influx of women from economically unstable places,' of villageless mothers doing their best to raise a child…Absolution, she can't promise. But the book should at least serve as a big, huge greeting card to mothers who hire nannies.” ―Salon
“Provides a valuable resource to any mother facing the challenge of hiring, well, herself.” ―Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
If I had to find something "bad" about the book -- it does seem to get a little wordy in the middle and the author seems to loose the wit and humor that got me pouring into the book. It also occasionally paints a stereotypical portrait of working mom's on the extreme side. For example -- the author states that when she took her kids to the park, even though she really didn't want to, she didn't know how to push them on the swings resulting in the youngest falling off... I thought that seemed at tad bit exaggerated. But when the book comes to a close the author picks back up her great wit and humor, leaving you smiling. Definitely read this book! You'll love it!
After you are done reading this book another great one that will have you laughing out loud is "What's the Matter With Mommy?"
What's the Matter With Mommy?: Rantings of a Reluctant Stay-at-home Mom
I loved it!
As a professional working nanny l can understand the ups and downs of moms and nanny relationships.
When l am completing an assignment, l make it a point to purchase a copy of this book and gift it to my employers.
A must read book for any mom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since I was a stay-at-home mom, I was interested in a mother's relationship with her nanny. This book was very insightful.Published 8 months ago by M.G.
Eye opening if you are considering having someone help you raise your kids. I had a strong idea that I wanted to raise my own (taking time off of my career), and this book... Read morePublished on May 3, 2008 by Maggie