Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies

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With wit, sensitivity, and unflinching honesty, Searching for Mary Poppins brings together twenty-five of today’s leading woman writers including Marisa de los Santos, Susan Cheever, Joyce Maynard, and Jacquelyn Mitchard to explore the emotional minefield of mother-nanny relationships. From Daphne Merkin on the challenges of hiring a nanny after having been raised by one to Lauren Slater on her regret at having given her mothering away,” the collection’s stunningly original pieces offer rare insight into the complex issues that emerge when a mother turns the care of her child over to a stranger. Raising questions that reach beyond money, race, class, and gender into the darkest areas of love and fear that a mother feels, this book ultimately provides hope, solace, and welcome perspective on this unique relationship.

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"If you are a mother, a father, a child, a nanny, a prospective parent, or merely interested in the fascinating, complicated, intense, and poignant relationship between nannies and parents, you will find this book very hard to put down."
—Susan Orlean, author, The Orchid Thief

"This marvelous, often moving, collection of essays contains at least two deeply comforting lessons: one: there are no perfect nannies; two: there are no perfect mothers. How miraculous then, that so many of us manage to produce perfect children. And, with insights from this book, they will multiply."
—Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent, National Public Radio

"Deeply personal and cumulatively political, these powerful essays are cautionary tales, love letters brimming with gratitude, dark confessions. They are full of true heartache, hard-earned wisdom, and inspiration."
—Julianna Baggott, co-author, Which Brings Me to You

About the Author:

Susan Davis (right) has worked in public radio for more than a decade and is currently a senior producer at North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Gina Hyams is the author of several books on travel and the arts. Her work has also appeared in Newsweek, Salon.com, and San Francisco magazine.

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