Nanny Returns

A Novel

Nanny Returns

More than four million readers fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.


After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to get her new business off the ground and fix up their fixer-upper. To compound the mounting construction woes and marital chaos of Ryan announcing his sudden desire to start a family, sixteen-year-old Grayer X makes a drunken, late-night visit wanting to know why Nan abandoned him all those years ago. Soon she is drawn back into Mrs. X's ever-bizarre Upper East Side conclave of power and privilege in this "eminently readable" and "surprisingly affecting" (Entertainment Weekly) tale of what happens when a community that chooses money over love finds itself with neither.
  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416585688 | 
  • August 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Nanny Returns includes discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.  


Discussion Questions
  1. Nanny Returns opens with three magazine quotes about Brooke Astor, Herman Merkin, and the Madoff family. How do these quotes about families and wealth set the scene for the novel?
  2. Discuss the scenes where Nan is reunited with the X family: her late-night surprise visit from Grayer, and her thank-you tea with Mrs. X. How has the X family changed in the past decade, since Mrs. X fired Nan? How has it remained the same? Why does Nan feel linked to this dysfunctional family, even after so many years away?
  3. Domestic spaces reveal a lot about personalities in Nanny Returns, from Harlem fixer-uppers to downtown lofts. What can you tell about each character—including Nan, Mrs. X, Carter Nelson, Citrine, and Nan’s grandmother—from the description of their homes?
  4. While walking through his childhood apartment, Ryan decides that he is ready to be a dad. Why does 721 Park Avenue make Ryan so sure—and Nan so
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About the Authors

Emma McLaughlin
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Emma McLaughlin

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, Nanny Returns, and the young adult novels, The Real Real and Over You. They are the cofounders of, a book coaching firm, and work together in New York City. For more information visit