Books: Rocking The Cradle

A novel by two former New York City nannies dishes the dirt on how the wealthy rear their young

To the litany of anxieties faced by contemporary parents, a list that already includes pedophiles, school fees and long car trips with a Raffi tape, we must now add a new specter: the nanny with the book contract.

This fear has been made acute by the unexpected success of The Nanny Diaries (St. Martin's; $24.95), a novel of bad manners set on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The book is in its sixth printing and in ninth place on the New York Times fiction best-seller list. The film rights have been sold to Miramax for a reported $500,000. And the first-time...

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