You might think they are a dime a dozen, but tell-all books written by nannies are actually fairly uncommon. Because nannies are like one of the family, they really do get the inside scoop on the clans that they work for. Perhaps this is also the reason, though, that they very rarely dish the dirt – they truly are as loyal as blood relatives and understand that their reputation as a discreet and trustworthy employee could very easily be on the line when they’re known for writing juicy exposés, rather than providing great childcare quietly and in the background.
The well on juicy nanny books is not completely dry, though. There are several that make for some good reads and give a unique insight into people that the general public might not have seen otherwise. Here are a few of the best books written by nannies of famous people.
You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Againby Suzanne Hansen – Suzanne Hansen retells her experience of going from being a naïve teen from Oregon to a Hollywood nanny for A-List celebrities in this book. This story is both funny and sincere, and will satisfy not only readers looking for juicy gossip but also readers who are nannies and can relate to taxing work schedules and sometimes demanding clients. Hansen first worked for Michael Ovitz, a high-end talent agent and one time Disney president. Her experience with this family was terrible in many ways, but she was still taken in by the money and glamour for longer than she should have been. Later, she went on to work for Debra Winger and then Danny DeVito, where her experiences were much better but still offered opportunities for insight and growth. Other nannies will love this book and relate to much of it in a way that only they can, but non-nannies will also be thoroughly entertained by this tale.
Malibu Nanny: Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny by Pam Behan – Pam Behan took care of the Jenner and Kardashian children for almost 10 years. She also worked as Kris Kardashian’s personal chef and assistant. If there is anyone outside of the family who knows the Karashian-Jenners, it’s Pam Behan. However, this is not the tell-all, scandalous book you might expect. It is clear within the text that Behan cares for and respects this family, so if you are looking for gossip and dirt this may not be the book for you. On the other hand, if you are truly interested in gaining insight into this family from a different perspective, Behan’s words will grant you this. Aside from peering into the Kardashian’s personal life, you’ll also learn tidbits about other celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, who dated Pam Behan for a short period of time. Most of all, you’ll be getting a story from a relatable, personable woman who chose to live an adventurous life and you’ll get to read all about what she learned along the way.
White House Nanny: My Years with Caroline and John F. Kennedy by Maud Shaw – If you love the Kennedys, you’ll want to try and get your hands on a copy of this book. Maud Shaw lived with Jackie and John Kennedy and their children for eight years, and she observed much of their relationship with one another. You’ll gain insight into John and Caroline’s childhood, and hear from Maud what it was like after JFK was assassinated. This book will pull at your heart strings and help you to remember what an important role a nanny plays in the lives of the people she works for, especially in times of hardship or tragedy.
The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen’s Childhood by Her Nanny by Marion Crawford – Did you ever wonder what Queen Elizabeth was like as a child? Her nanny, Marion Crawford, gives readers a glimpse into what it was like to be her nanny and what she had to do to prep her for royalty, while at the same time trying to sneak in activities that would let Elizabeth know what it was like to be a “normal” girl. Marion Crawford had the unique experience of working for the family when they lived in a normal home, and when the queen and her sister were just five and two years of age, and then transitioned with them into Buckingham Palace. She stayed with the family for a very long time, until the birth of Prince Charles. This was actually the first book that was written about what it is like to live with the royal family, and gives insight into their daily lives. While reading this book, it does not appear to the reader that Crawford betrayed the royal family in any way. Yet after its publication, Queen Elizabeth never spoke to Crawford again despite having had referred to her as a “great friend.” This book is extremely enlightening, and if you’ve ever wondered what it might have been like to been born a princess, this book will divulge that information.
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