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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,447 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Holly Peterson Narrator: Karen Ziemba Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061473371
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What's a Park Avenue working mom to do when her troubled son desperately needs a male role model? If she's like the gutsy heroine of Holly Peterson's astute new comedy of manners, she does what every other woman on the block does. She hires a manny.

A middle-class girl from Middle America, Jamie Whitfield isn't "one of them" but she lives in "the Grid," the wealthiest acre of real estate in Manhattan. And she has most everything they have—a sprawling, new apartment, full-time help, as well as her very own detached attorney husband. What she doesn't have, is a full-time father figure for their struggling nine-year-old son, Dylan. Enter The Manny. At first the idea of paying a man to provide a role model for Dylan sounds crazy. But Peter Bailey is calm, cool, competent and so charmingly down-to-earth, he's irresistible. And with her career as a news producer in overdrive, and her husband locked in his study, Jamie is in serious need of some grounding. But will the new manny in her life put the ground back beneath her feet, or sweep her off them?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Holly Peterson has a keen observer's eye for the frailties, foibles, and frivolities of present day upper class life among the rich of New York City. She understands her territory well and writes with authority.”

    Dominick Dunne

  • “Brisk, crisp, knowing and fun.”

    Christopher Buckley, author of Thank You for Smoking

  • “The funniest, sexiest ride in the limo lane since The Bonfire of the Vanities.

    Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles

  • “Money, Manners, Mannys: Holly Peterson's debut is a fabulously sharp skewering of the silly-rich in New York. Observing a Park Avenue working mom falling for the help had me both touched and tormented with laughter. I couldn't put it down. We should ALL get a Manny right now.”

    Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes

  • “I leapt on The Manny and devoured it in one sitting. It's a riveting portrait of millionaires' life on ‘The Grid’, full of eye-watering details. And it made me instantly want to hire a male nanny…for me!”

    Sophie Kinsella, author of Shopaholic & Baby

  • “Holly Peterson takes us on a locomotive tour through the living rooms of the Upper East Side and the newsrooms of the media elite. The trip is sexy, hilarious, and heart-wrenching.”

    Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/17/2014

    " A great, fast fun read. I was surprised at how much depth the characters had (not all of the richie rich women), and I loved the little details Peterson added...it really painted the scene. Fun chick lit and a good romance story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 September | 2/14/2014

    " This was a cute story. It was a very quick read and the author had a style that was enjoyable to read. It was the kind of book that you would enjoy reading to relax, like on the beach. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/12/2014

    " Read this on vacation - quick read for me! A little trash - which I like in a book ;oP trash = sex.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Crowell | 2/12/2014

    " Just good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 2/6/2014

    " There was a lot going on in this book. The story was good, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rickie | 2/1/2014

    " The interview with the author at the end of the book was the best part. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 marg | 1/30/2014

    " I know, I shouldn't even admit I read it, but I was desperate for something light (ok, that it was) and didn't realize I was walking into the shopaholic genre so unabashedly - it doesn't even pay to talk about how bad this book was; it would be like saying, I was reading Cosmo and you know, it was really shallow .... But I was thinking, Khay, that you and I often debate the merits of lets say, Olivia Goldsmith or even Maeve Binchy, I mean they're both very different but just in that some authors offer up a lighter read but it is still clever or original or something - so I don't think Goldsmith is total trash or Binchy is classic chick lit, and neither kills brain cells, whereas this book was one big eye roll after another. Aside from all the brand name dropping that only makes the book seem like SVH for grown ups who love to know what goes on behind closed mahogany doors along Park Avenue, this book pulled all the typical tricks to make morally questionable issues suddenly not so questionable. Snort. Well, it served its purpose, I guess, but I just wonder, is this where we're at now, that it's either weirdo post modern books or total wastes of ink?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/29/2014

    " I loved this book! As silly as its contents are, I couldn't put it down. We should all have a manny like that! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 1/18/2014

    " This was really fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/5/2014

    " I gave this book 4 stars just for the sheer entertainment... very funny. A quick, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharron Browinski kurland | 1/5/2014

    " The fact that I'd already read this and didn't realize till I was halfway done speaks for the 2 stars. It was a fluff book, mildly entertaining but obviously forgetful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting and good. Had several funny moments but mostly a sad way of life.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 12/10/2013

    " A quick read on a Midwest woman who married a NYC wasp. She isn't happy through most of the book as she tries to raise her three kids and needy husband. That's where the Manny comes in and saves the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/7/2013

    " While I enjoyed parts of this, it left me melancholy and depressed at the end. Would not read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/1/2013

    " Hmmm, I'd been wondering what happened to all our tax money that was given to the banks a few months ago. Now I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/22/2013

    " Very cute but fluffy book. It's just one of those mindless reads that's easy to pick up at the beach over the summer:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Eason | 6/15/2013

    " Just a nice little beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/28/2013

    " The book was trashier than I'm used to reading and also not as good as I expected (based on reading the synopsis). Also, it annoys me when editors don't pick out/fix typos in a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yeany Dahlan | 3/22/2013

    " Predictably boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylou | 3/4/2013

    " Good book. Easy read about banker dad too busy for his family so his wife hires a male nanny to give her son a father figure. Interesting to see how the other half lives in NYC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 3/1/2013

    " Cute, easy read when you need a no-brainer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CLM | 2/4/2013

    " Although somewhat over the top, there are many things in this book that ring true from my observations of parents on the Upper East Side and elsewhere. However, I think it requires having lived there to really find it a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanae | 1/18/2013

    " A fun book... like cotton candy at the beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 8/11/2012

    " Easy summer read, but not very memorable - you'll forget it a week after you read it. Pretty predictable but nonetheless entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathleen | 7/1/2012

    " great summer brain mush read. fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 5/3/2012

    " Excellent fluff for the mommy set. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/26/2011

    " Another $1 clearance shelf book. I really wanted this one to get better...but it never did. Too much detail in all the wrong places. And a chapter or two (other than the closet scene) from the Manny's perspective would have been a great touch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/25/2011

    " a totally fun summer read...you will be rooting for the main character from the beginning! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 5/6/2011

    " This was the best beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 4/18/2011

    " Ending was dumb and it made ME anxious to keep reading since there were so many twists and nothing ever happened or it was an overreaction or overthinking of something. It was a good short-ish read to just remind my brain I need something more indepth once in a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gilda | 4/15/2011

    " Okay chick-lit novel. What I found most interesting was its fun and witty description of the NY East side elite at their worst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renne | 4/13/2011

    " A look at how the other half lives. Cute story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/4/2011

    " This book had some decent parts but overall, I couldn't wait for it to end so I could read something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/27/2011

    " Really enjoyed this. It wasn't just ridiculous fluff about the the fantastic lives of those living in the NYC "grid." There was a separate plot going on as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/10/2011

    " A very interesting look at how "the other half" lives. This book took a little while to get into and once it started going, I really got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/9/2011

    " Quick, fun read! I enjoyed this book. Not going to win any awards, but it was entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 10/11/2010

    " If I could, I would give this 2.5 stars. Some parts kept me interested and other just drug on... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 9/24/2010

    " A quick read on a Midwest woman who married a NYC wasp. She isn't happy through most of the book as she tries to raise her three kids and needy husband. That's where the Manny comes in and saves the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/24/2010

    " This was a book club pick and I'm glad I read it, not one I would have picked out on my own and it was an entertaining summer read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 trisha | 8/17/2010

    " I could not stop myself from forcing to read this book. It was a slow start. And it was a slow read. I wanted more steam, more scandal. Why did I do this to myself. UGH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 7/28/2010

    " The book was trashier than I'm used to reading and also not as good as I expected (based on reading the synopsis). Also, it annoys me when editors don't pick out/fix typos in a book. "

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About the Author

Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Manny. She was a contributing editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award–winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she covered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications.

About the Narrator

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.