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‘Nanny Lit’s New Voice: Victoria Brown’ – The Takeaway

April 13th, 2011 · 2 Comments
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Here’s the “Takeaway” interview with the former nanny I mentioned in class:

‘Nanny lit’ may have turned heads years ago in the publishing world, but there’s a new voice — and a new book — getting people excited about the genre. Trinidadian immigrant Victoria Brown worked as a nanny on the Upper East Side, and she talks with us about her new book, “Minding Ben,” as well as her own path to motherhood.

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  • 1    brenda // Apr 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

    The term “invisible people” really caught my attention in this piece. As mentioned in the interview, nannies are everywhere (especially in places such as NYC). These nannies walk the streets of NYC and remain nameless. Nannies shape and mold so many children in America. To have these women remain faceless and unnamed is a shame. Their work is such an important and influential part of our society. The only love many nannies receive is that from the children they care for. Nannies are a part of so many families’ lives today. The term nanny no longer should be looked upon as a bad thing (although it often is). Nannies are a necessity in the lives of so many American families. Nannies need to be looked at as part of the family instead of being looked at as “the help”. The family I work for treats their nanny like family. The children and the parents love their nanny. This makes the lives of both the family and the nanny much easier and more enjoyable. Accepting nannies as part of the families will help eliminate this notion of nannies being nameless or invisible people. They will be a part of a family.

  • 2    andrewganga // Apr 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Nannies are very important in our culture and they even make our economic system even more efficient. Mothers who are capable of skilled jobs can return to work instead of taking care of their own children while other women (or men i guess) who aren’t capable of highly skilled jobs can fill in for the mother and handle the tough task of keeping the family together. It might come off as disconnected parenting but I think nannies are necessary and they should be praised for the job they have to do and the things they make possible

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