Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Book #26 of 2010

This past weekend, we took the birthday boy (aka Jacob) to Chicago for a fun-filled weekend. On Saturday night, we dined at Rosebuds on Rush which is way fancier than anywhere I went as a kid. Pretty good place if you like Italian though the hubby says their sauce "tastes buttery". Whatever that means. I like their bread but my hips don't lie when it comes to carbs.

Anyhoo, we were seated next to a couple with their two kids and a 20-something woman who appeared to be their nanny. Did they bring her their to treat her? Or can they not handle their own kids on weekends? If she is there to work, do the parents talk to her like she is part of the event?

Perfect segueway for the next book in my list .. "The Nanny Returns" by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Nan revisits 721 Park, home of the moneyed but morally bankrupt Xs, and the boy she guiltily left behind in their inept care in this smart and sassy sequel to The Nanny Diaries. And though Nan has grown up a bit, married Harvard Hottie Ryan and traveled the world, the plight of the rich and stupid continues, as does Nan's new crusade to save former charge Grayer and his younger brother Stilton, renovate a crumbling East Harlem mansion and stick it out at a soulless Manhattan private school.

The book seemed a bit disjointed in the beginning like the authors couldn't get in sync with each other or the characters. It picked up a little as the story went along but still didn't flow very nicely. There were a lot of subplots that were left to dangle (perhaps to make room for the third installment "The Nanny Returns ... again").

Writing prowess aside, is this REALLY how the upper echelon of NYC lives? Their morals appear so thin and their egos so big They cast aside anyone (including their own kids) who gets in the way of their almost psychotic need to satisfy themselves. Scary. Perhaps I should be a little more content in my middle class life. The alternative isn't that attractive when you get down to it.

Next up is "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier.

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