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*****= An all-time favorite
****You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again
The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny
by Suzanne Hansen
Reviewed April 24, 2006.
Available at Sembach Library (MCN 649.092 HAN).
It’s hard to
chick-lit novel on this topic ending up as entertaining as these true
adventures of a
Besides getting to tell about the big stars she met and talked to on the phone (or that her friends fell down in front of), Suzy tells about the crazy life of these fabulously wealthy people. They didn’t back her up when she tried to discipline their children, they rarely fed their own baby, and expected Suzy to get up with him in the night, effectively leaving her on call 24 hours a day.
They would lavish money on a European vacation, and then complain if their children talked too long on the phone. They spent money hand over fist, then complained when Suzy bought a new iron instead of simply replacing the cord.
think that this
book is full of criticism. Suzanne
Hansen makes it all funny by showing her exploitation as a lack of
assertiveness on her own part. The job
probably wasn’t any fun to do, but it sure makes funny reading. Of course, her friends back home were
impressed by her
Suzy uses a
pseudonym for the
main family she worked with, with the father being the one who gave her
title of the book when she quit. She
then tells about some wonderful families, and feels free to name them,
out from the
went to Rhea
Perlman and Danny DeVito, and found them to be a wonderful, kind, and
down-to-earth couple. Eventually, she
decided it was time to go to college and become a nurse, but I’m glad
closed off the book with heart-warming stories, not giving the
This book is
funny as well as
eye-opening. Suzanne Hansen celebrates
the people behind the scenes who run the household while the stars live
glamorous lives. I like her Author’s
Note at the front of the book, where she says, “Often during media
celebrity moms fail to mention—or barely mention—the help they have
their glamorous lives possible. I don’t
know whether I want to scream, laugh, or cry when they smile
implying that through their own super-human efforts they are able to
an Oscar-winning role and still drive the daily carpool.
Are they really talented enough to juggle the
high-gloss career, the splendid home, and the busy family all by
themselves? How do they have time to
work such long hours, undergo a marathon of social obligations, and
PTA fund-raiser? Presumably, through
superior multitasking genes! The reality
is, when a member of the
And I like the way she ends the note off: “Finally, I hope my misadventures in nannyhood will provide a little humor for all the mothers out there. After all, if you only have five minutes to sit and read, it’s nice if you can laugh. And just so you know, many of the embarrassing scenarios in which I found myself as a nanny have continued to crop up in my mothering life. But I can only suffer so much embarrassment in one book.”
Suzanne Hansen achieves her hopes. Definitely a smile-bringer.
Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All