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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victoria Brown Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Minding Ben invites listeners into the private world of one of the anonymous West Indian babysitters who have peopled the lives of so many young urban families for decades. Grace left Trinidad for New York with hopes for a better life and education. As she struggles to adjust to her new life—and to determine just what shape her American Dream will take—Grace finds work as a nanny for the unconscionable Bruckners, a job that pays meager wages for its demanding and humiliating responsibilities.

At the mercy of her employers, and unprepared for the playground politics within the West Indian babysitting community, Grace nevertheless carries the day as she navigates the complicated world of America with strength and perseverance. Minding Ben offers a rarely seen account of the immigrant experience in this strong, compassionate, and insightful narrative.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brittany | 2/19/2014

    " A fantastic and insightful story that takes a deep look into the life of Caribbean immigrants who are forced into hard labor for little pay. Very well told, Minding Ben is a well-crafted tale of a Trinidadian teenager who comes to America for opportunities and instead finds misfortune, malevolence, dishonesty, distrust, and a beacon of hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josie | 2/15/2014

    " "I was thinking this would be another "Nannie Diaries" which I never read, but did watch. I was pleasently surprised however. Grace is an undocumented worker from Trinidad. Her plans to watch children of a friend have fallen through, so she must fight for one of the highly competitive spots in the world of New York nannies. It was a fascinating look into the world of these women, many undocumented from the West Indies and the abuse and demands they endure from their priveledged employers. The author, from Trinidad, was herself a nanny for a time, so the narrative seems very authentic." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 2/7/2014

    " could not get on the same page with the narrator perhaps another day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. This young lady shows people in their true light. It read very fast, almost too fast. I almost felt as if the ending were not complete. I only hope for a next book so I can continue this wonderful escape into a world I knew nothing about. "

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About the Author

Victoria Brown was born in Trinidad and at just sixteen years old came alone to New York, where she worked as a full-time nanny for several years. She majored in English at Vassar College before attending the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Eventually she returned to New York, where she taught English at LaGuardia Community College. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.