Just Like Family  Now in Paperback!
 Max Whittaker for The New York Times

Tasha Blaine, at her home in Sacramento, has written a book about nannies in New York. She was once a nanny herself.

Just Like Family in The New York Times : "How Do Nannies Manage? Gingerly"

“A thought-provoking, intimate, and well-reported series of character portraits far deeper than many books about the child-care relationship.” — New York Magazine

“Extraordinary…surprisingly gripping.” — American Prospect

 “Sharp-eyed, compassionate” — Newsday

“Ultimately, [Blaine’s] story, told from the point of view of nannies, shows that through no real fault of its own, the American household is a fickle place of employment, and it reminds us that we're still cobbling together our child-care arrangements without much direction or support.” 
—  The Washington Post

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“The book puts into relief: our deeply flawed system of patchwork, unaffordable child- care.” —

“This book is a must read for anyone who ever was a nanny, and for anyone who ever employed one.” 
— Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace.

“Anyone who’s been on either side of the nanny-parent relationship will find Just Like Family absorbing; a good, long look at this relationship that’s so complex, so guarded, so intimate and so important all at once.” 

“In a world full of reality tv “nannies” and “housewives” who come across as nothing if not pure air and fantasy, Blaine’s thoughtful and rounded examination of this unique style of cooperative child rearing is a welcome change.” 

“Blaine produced a fascinating, intimate portrait of three nannies selflessly devoted to raising (and loving) other people’s children.” — Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

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“A deeply moving account of the lives of women who are paid to love and care and for our children and who lose their heart in the process. I can't recommend it enough.” 
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