Nannies August 2019

The Help / Kathryn Stockett.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

That Kind of Mother / Rumaan Alam

Overwhelmed by new motherhood in spite of her love for her infant son, Rebecca, a white woman, asks a kind black woman, Priscilla, to become her family’s nanny, only to have her perspectives changed about her own life of privilege.

The Summer Nanny / Holly Chamberlin

Securing lucrative summer jobs caring for the children of wealthy vacationers, best friends Amy and Hayley navigate manipulative employment situations and their own moral gray areas in ways that test their bonds with their mothers and each other.

Number 11 / Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe finally provides a sequel to The Winshaw Legacy, the 1995 novel that introduced American readers to one of Britain’s most exciting new writers — an acerbic, hilariously dark, and unflinching portrait of modern society.

All the Time in the World: a novel / Caroline Angell

When a devastating accident befalls the family she nannies for, a young composer faces a choice between her promising career and the well-being of the two little boys she has come to love.

In Every Way: a novel / Nic Brown

Chapel Hill college student Maria finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Still reeling from the fresh discovery of her mother’s diagnosis with cancer, Maria’s decision to give her daughter up for adoption is one that seems to be in everyone’s best interest. So when her mother proposes an extended trip to sleepy coastal town Beaufort-the same town that the adoptive couple Maria chose for her daughter just happens to live in. She has kept close watch on the couple she chose to adopt her daughter, even accepting a position as their nanny.

The Nanny Diaries: a novel / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

A satirical glimpse into Manhattan’s upper class follows Nanny, a struggling NYU student who takes a position caring for the son of the rich X family, as she learns how to juggle various tasks so that a Park Avenue wife never has to lift a well-manicured finger.

Nanny Returns / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

A sequel to “The Nanny Diaries” finds Nan returning to New York after 10 years abroad and getting approached by a drunken 16-year-old Grayer X, who describes his parents’ brutal divorce and prompts her re-entry into child care for the elite.

Francesca’s Kitchen / Peter Pezzelli

Determined to find another family that needs her since her own children have moved away, widow Francesca Campanile becomes a nanny for a single mom named Loretta, and, working her magic in the kitchen, brings this struggling family together.

Down by the Water / Caroline Upcher

Hamptons real estate agent Hope Collins-Calder can’t manage her own life, much less those of her three children, four if you count husband No. 2. So, like many other upwardly mobile women, she enlists the services of a nanny.

The Summer Kitchen / Karen Weinreb

When Nora Banks’ husband, Evan, is arrested for a white collar crime, her privileged life renovating her 18th-century home is turned upside down. The parents and classmates at her sons’ private school shun her family. Nora’s only support comes from the family nanny, Beatrice. The two women bond to raise the boys as smoothly as possible in the midst of so many life changes while Nora starts her own business to support her family, a bakery called the Summer Kitchen. Nora comes to change her way of thinking about life, family, money, and romance.

A Gate at the Stairs / Lorrie Moore

In the Midwest just after the September 11 attacks, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin comes of age amid such challenges as racism, the War on Terror, and cruelty in the name of love, as she leaves her family’s farm to attend college and takes a part-time job as a nanny.

The Perfect Mother: a novel / Aimee Molloy

A group of new moms who all gave birth in the month of May gather twice weekly at the park to offer support and companionship before one of the babies is shatteringly abducted, subjecting his traumatized mother to invasive questions and prompting the others to go to increasingly risky lengths to help.

The Perfect Nanny: a novel / Leila Slimani

Follows the relationship between a working French-Moroccan couple and their too-good-to-be-true nanny, whose devotion to their children spirals into a psychologically charged cycle of jealousies, resentments and violence.

Woman no. 17: a novel / Edan Lepucki

Hiring a live-in nanny to attend her family’s needs while she attempts to finish writing her book, Lady begins questioning the young woman’s agenda when the latter instantly connects with the family and begins acting in suspicious ways.

The Au Pair / Emma Rous

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle. Now an adult, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine begins to go through his belongings, when she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby. Who is the child and what really happened that day? Someone knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.