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Publication Order of Nanny Books

with Emma McLaughlin
The Nanny Diaries (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nanny Returns (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Citizen Girl (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dedication (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Real Real (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between You and Me (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over You (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Affair (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Be a Grown-up (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Close (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Cinderella Gets a Brazilian (With: Emma McLaughlin) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Nicola Kraus is a literature and fiction author from New York City that is best known as the author of the “Nanny Diaries” novels which she co-wrote with fellow author Emma McLaughlin.
In her earlier years, she went to the Chapin School. She would then graduate and attend the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York.

She has said that she spent most of her childhood at 1000 Park Avenue in New York City and in fact, many of the characters in her novels are inspired by the neighbors she has at the time.
In 2008 she got married to David Wheir.

Upon its publication, “The Nanny Diaries” would become a critically acclaimed work that would be called a phenomenon by Newsweek. It would also become a New York Times bestselling title and it was 2002’s longest-running hardcover.
She is also the author of several other New York Times bestselling novels including “Nanny Returns,” “Dedication,” and “Citizen Girl.” Nicola Kraus met her coauthor Emma McLaughlin while they were both studying at New York University.
Given the success of her work, she has appeared in several shows including The View, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and CNN.

Her works in partnership with Emma McLaughlin have been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Town & Country, The Washington Post, Elle, USA Today, TIME, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times.
The two have also been contributors of short stories to various collections for The WarChild Fund. In addition to writing for film and television.
Nicola Kraus travels all over the United States speaking to young women, particularly on issues of corporate culture and gender.

Even though Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin met while they were in college at New York University, they never used to talk. It would be many years later that they would meet at an ATM in Manhattan’s Lexington and 86th.
By the time they met, they had both worked as nannies for more than three decades. When they met, Nicola Kraus invited McLaughlin to see a performance at a theater that very night.

They went to see an alternative theater performance and soon became fast friends. In fact, it was Nicola who would introduce her to her new husband a few months later. However, they did not start writing together until five years later.
At this time, Nicola was very much into acting while Emma was doing organizational development. The former had then been penning a book which she transformed into a play.

She invited Ema to its reading and the following day, her friend emailed her saying that maybe they should try writing something about having been nannies.

They began writing in 2000 expecting that it would be a work that would be read by family. But they were surprised when the work went on to become massively popular.

“The Nanny Diaries” by Nicola Kraus opens with an ad for a young nanny to take charge of a four-year-old boy. The young woman needs to be selfless, enthusiastic, and cheerful and if possible masochistic.
They will need to be ready to work fifteen-hour shifts, take with joy being thrown all over by the family, and enjoy the perils of ridiculously erratic salary schedules.
Since she is struggling to pay for her tiny apartment and to graduate from New York University, Nanny takes the position.

She quickly learns how hard it is to juggle the needs of the child alongside those of a wealthy Park Avenue wife who does not clean, cook or work.
At some point, her employer’s marriage begins to unravel and Nanny is soon involved beyond the bound of good taste and human decency.

She is now engaged in an almost impossible mission as she needs to protect the four-year-old and most importantly herself.

Over several months, Nanny and Mrs. X perform the age-old dance of power and decorum, as they put to the test the limits of servitude in the contemporary world.
Penned by two former nannies it is a work that expertly looks into the glamour of life in the upper classes of Manhattan with all its flaws.

Nicola Kraus’s novel “Nanny Returns” is set a dozen years following the publishing of the first work.

Nan has just returned to New York and gotten married to a Harvard Hottie. Working with her husband, they are now working to grow their consulting business. They are also renovating a Harlem-based crumbling brownstone they recently purchased.
One night she answered a knock on her door to find Grayer a confused and drunken sixteen-year-old. The teen asks her why she had abandoned him when he was four.

She thinks that now she has the opportunity to right some wrongs she had done to Grayer all those years back.

It is a more thoughtful and mature story as compared to the first as it looks into the life of Nan in the corporate world and her attempts to right the wrongs she did.
Working as a consultant, she works at a prestigious school that values discipline less than values. This is an indictment of the privileged echelons of society and the many problems such as entitlement that such attitudes cause.
It is also interesting to see how hard Nan works to ensure Grayer and his brother do not become statistics at a time when modern parents are becoming lost in minutiae and self-absorbed.

“Dedication” by Nicola Kraus is the story of Kate Hollis and her former boyfriend Jake Sharpe. The latter is one of the most popular recording artists in the United States and his face is plastered all over the internet, TV, newsstands, and the multiplex.
For at least ten years, every song he has been writing has been about Kate. His songs have been chasing her from the bars to the dentist’s office, from the supermarket to the gym.

The now thirty-year-old Kate has now received a call from Sharpe saying he is back in their hometown in Vermont to shoot a special on MTV.

The day before their prom, Jake had gone missing and only resurfaced when his song about his sexual experience with Kate became number one on the Billboard charts.

He would keep pumping out more hits with each successful one more personal than the one that preceded it. Kate believes she may now have an opportunity to confront the man for what he had done all those many years back.
But more than a decade apart means she had experienced all manner of heartbreak. Her loved ones had helped her get over them and now believe they must have a say in what she does with Jake.

But will she let anyone get in the way of getting back with the love of her life?

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