Nicola Kraus is one half of the team responsible for 2002′s best-seller The Nanny Diaries: a book in The Devil Wears Prada vein that dealt with the horrors not of the publishing industry, but the UES child-rearing business.*
Adapted into a film in 2007 with Scarlett Johansson, the world’s most realistic nanny, Ms. Kraus hit the residuals jackpot again last summer, when it was announced the Ryan Seacrest Productions and The Weinstein Company would be producing The Nanny Diaries as a series for ABC, helmed by Gilmore Girls’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. (Now that we’d watch.)
Ten years later, and with a child of her own, Ms. Kraus recently opened up about how she’s raising her child in an interview with NYNatives.com…a dicey subject for someone most famous for her take-down on New York mommies.
When exactly did the word “nanny” become synonymous with “naughty”? Wasn’t it just yesterday that nannies were dowdy, Mary-Poppins-and-Fraulein-Maria-esque models of discretion and discipline, wearing starched aprons and stern expressions and offering up comforting cups of cambric tea? This moralistic, Brit-inflected archetype still pops up on shows like ABC’s Supernanny, but these days au pairs Read More
Citizen Girl, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Atria, 306 pages, $24.95.
Having sold 1.4 million copies of The Nanny Diaries, you’d think Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus wouldn’t need to resort to the infantilizing gimmick of using the word “girl” in the title of their second novel. ( Girls’ Poker Night, Dirty Girls Read More
Anyone with a jones for scandal and/or Schadenfreude -which is to say, most of us in the publishing business-has just been delivered of the motherlode. Or, actually, the nannylode, since it was just last week that Random House canceled the second novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the authors of the phenomenally best-selling The Read More
When the novel The Nanny Diaries became a surprise hit last spring, its authors, former nannies Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, were catapulted from haute servitude on the Upper East Side to the best-seller lists, the talk-show circuit and a Miramax movie deal. But has their triumph only opened up the doors of discontent for Read More
On the unseasonably hot April Thursday that The Nanny Diaries , the roman à clef about rich 10021 mommies by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, reached No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller list, media coach Joyce Newman-the same woman summoned by Farrar, Straus & Giroux to help Jonathan Franzen express himself on the Read More