''The Nanny Diaries,'' ''Substitute Me,'' and more guilty glimpses into other people's marriages

By EW Staff
Updated July 30, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lucy (1990) Jamaica Kincaid
A slim, elegant novella about a cloistered West Indian teenager who moves to New York as an au pair.

The Nanny Diaries (2002) Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin
One of the all-time guilty-pleasure greats — the tale of a nanny and a monstrous Park Avenue mother.

The Good Nanny (2004) Benjamin Cheever
A new nanny throws the marriage of a high-profile New York couple into sharp relief.

The Manny (2007) Holly Peterson
A terrific, over-the-top novel of role reversal — and yes, the nanny’s a he, not a she.

Bad Marie (2010) Marcy Dermansky
An edgy thriller about an ex-con who finds work caring for her best friend’s child.

Substitute Me (2010) Lori Tharps
A soon-to-be-published peek into a Brooklyn marriage from a former EW staffer.