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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    Fun Read

    Good mindless reading. Filled with what you would expect, shady characters with outrageous personalities, snobbish socialites, wealthy materialistic amoral women, who wouldn't enjoy this story. Add an attractive manny to the mix and you have a great story. Reads faster than its 400 plus pages.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Life in Minneapolis never approached life today for 36-year-old Jamie Whitfield. One might say she married 'up.' (Of course, that's in the eye of the beholder.) What she did was marry a wealthy lawyer, Philip, who spends an inordinate amount of time each morning selecting from among his $250 custom-made shirts. Her home is an apartment in the sky high dollar area of Manhattan, which really isn't too much trouble to keep up as she has full-time help. Jamie also has a demanding job as a news producer, and she has Dylan, a nine-year-old son who is evidently in need of strong male support, which Dad isn't inclined to give. Early on we hear of one more failure in young Dylan's very rock strewn road of life. There's a school basketball game in which he doesn't want to participate, but there he is among his teammates from St. Henry's School for Boys. He's on the floor when the ball is in his hands and he has a clear shot. Jamie knows that making that shot would rock Dylan's world. We hear her voice shouting: ''C'mon, baby. C'mon, baby. Right up there, you can do it.' .............. Dylan took the ball, grasped it in both his arms like a baby, and fell to the floor sobbing. He just could not shoot.The halftime buzzer honked. Silence on the court. All eyes on my little mess of a boy. ' When she recounts this debacle to Phillip the next morning, he assures her that Dylan will be fine, says 'Enough with Dylan,' and urges her to look at his new shirts. What's a concerned mom to do? Jamie does what all of her neighboring mothers do - she hires a manny (a male nanny) whom she hopes will provide Dylan with the required companionship, example, and emotional support. Peter Bailey does all of the above and more. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what will soon happen between Jamie and Peter. Those who enjoy hearing about the ways and meanness of the upper, upper crust will thoroughly enjoy listening to The Manny with an expert narration by Karen Ziemba. She relates the favorite game of the rich, one upmanship, with affecting slyness. Her take on the catty comments of some of the 'ladies' is perfection. Ms. Ziemba skillfully alters tone as she moves from those who were born on the Upper East Side and 'had never touched a door knob in their lives' and Jamie. A lower tone for Dylan and a gruffness for Coach Robertson showcase her performing abilities. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    I loved it

    I loved this book. I thought it was a fun easy to read book for the summer. For those who enjoy reading about the upper class and their struggles that they have that some of us could only wish we had, I thought it was a fun read. I could not put it down!

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