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You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again: The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny
You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny Author:Suzanne Hansen New and completely updated edition — Hilarious and addictive, this chronicle of a small-town girl’s stint as a celebrity nanny reveals what really happens in the diaper trenches of Hollywood. — When Oregon native Suzanne Hansen becomes a live-in nanny to the children of Hollywood über-agent Michael Ovitz, she thinks she’s found ... more »the job of her dreams. But Hansen’s behind-the-scenes access soon gets her much more than she bargained for: working twenty-four hours a day, juggling the shifting demands of the Hollywood elite, and struggling to comprehend wealth unimaginable to most Americans, not to mention dealing with the expected tantrums and the unexpected tense–and intense–atmosphere in the house where she lives with her employers.
When the thankless drudgery takes its toll and Hansen finally quits, her boss threatens to blackball her from ever nannying in Hollywood again. Discouraged but determined, Hansen manages to land gigs with Debra Winger and then Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. Attentive, welcoming parents with a relaxed attitude toward celebrity–looks like Hansen’s fallen into a real-life happy ending. But the round-the-clock workdays continue, rubbing some of the glitter off L.A. living, and Hansen’s not sure how much longer she can pretend to be Mary Poppins. Even bosses who treat her like family can’t help as she struggles to find meaning in her work while living in a town that seems to lack respect for nannies and everyone else who comes in the employee’s entrance–but without whom many showbiz households would grind to a halt.
Peppering her own journey with true stories and high drama experienced by other nannies to the stars, Hansen offers an intriguing, entertaining mix of tales from the cribs of the rich and famous. You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again is a treat for everyone who is fascinated by the skewed priorities of Tinseltown, for anyone who has wondered how high-wattage supermoms do it all, and for readers who love peeking behind the curtains of celebrity, all of whom will devour this unparalleled–and unabashedly true–account of one girl’s tour of duty as Hollywood’s hired help.
I really enjoyed the first half of this book; it was fascinating and I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, as the author started losing interest in nannying I began losing interest in reading about her loss of interest...
In a nutshell, Michael Ovitz is evil, and Debra Winger, Danny DeVito, and Rhea Perlman are awesome. That said, the book is pretty cute and well-written, but would have been a lot more interesting if most people were aware of who Michael Ovitz is. The message got a little overworked - we get it, having unlimited resources to provide for your kids doesn't make you a good parent. If you're a big fan of books on celebrity culture, it's worth a look. If not, it was just okay.