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Nicola Kraus
Nicola Kraus is the co-author, with Emma McLaughlin, of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Nanny Diaries. Their 7th novel, "The First Affair," will be out August 27th.

Entries by Nicola Kraus

Outside In

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:22 PM

In the blurry days after my mom died people who had been through the loss of a parent consistently advised, "You need to rest." I nodded, not taking in their words anymore than I was able to take in that this was really happening.

Frequently I will look...

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How To Impress Us

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:25 PM

You've done it! Landed the summer internship or maybe even the job. You've busted into your tip jar and bought the perfect outfit, you are ready for your Real Life to begin.

On the path to my own defined career (writer, mom, stain-remover), I had my fair share of...

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5 Things Published Authors Know (and You Can Master)

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:20 PM

5. Writing Requires Writing
Here is what a first draft is: it's the paint you mixed. It's the marble you quarried. It's the first in-costume run-through. Do not belabor your first draft. Just get it done so you can sit back after a few weeks' distance and start...

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'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Just Perpetuated A Dangerous Myth About Rape

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Spoiler alert: This piece gives away key plot points from Season 4 of "Downton Abbey."

This morning, Julian Fellowes responded in the New York Times to criticism that the rape of the character Anna in the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" was outside the scope of...

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Mother's Day Needs a Re-Brand

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 4:55 PM

Mother's Day needs to be re-branded. I'm not sure where along the line busting your vagina and watching your boobs deflate like deployed air bags became equated with a lopsided pot-holder and some half-wilted tulips, but we need a serious make-over pronto. You know who should get the job? Donald...

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No, Weiner, No.

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 12:38 PM

For the last two years my creative partner, Emma McLaughlin, and I have been writing a novel about a 22-year-old White House intern who is seduced into a destructive relationship by the president of the United States. So we have given much thought to the issues of weakness and redemption,...

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Ladies' Night!

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 6:16 PM

Where do I even start? I'm coming down with something so it wasn't until I woke up in the middle of the night trying to breathe that I realized what I had just witnessed. An evening that is usually epitomized by Ricky Gervais' merciless snark, a room full of old...

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Being Married to Me Isn't Easy

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:18 PM

Last week, I reached a tipping point. If you read my piece on the fundamental gender inequality of holiday pressure, you might expect it was something I was doing, like trying to gift-wrap a teepee. It was, in fact, something I heard. One too many diatribes from moms at the...

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Santa Needs to Be a Better Role Model

(24) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 4:36 PM

I love Christmas. I love Christmas decorations, Christmas lights, Christmas cookies and I can't get enough of Mariah Carey telling me I'm all she wants. I am the person those songs were written for. I'm totally psyched that It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. It IS The Most...

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I'm a Mom

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 6:20 PM

I had a huge revelation this weekend that absolutely blew my friggin' mind: I have a daughter. Now you would think this little nugget of wisdom would have hit me sometime shortly after she came busting (and I mean that literally) out of my vagina. But no. Three years after...

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My Message To Dr. Sears

(726) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Another weekend, another birthday party for my almost 3-year-old, another gathering of wall-eyed parents. The kids are now old enough to run off with loose supervision so we get to chat and inevitably, the conversation turns to restaurants and travel, the things we once took for granted. I'll mention a...

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Please Don't Disturb Me With Facts. I'm Hating.

(33) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 6:11 PM

If Britney Spear's much-dissected foray back into public light proved anything it's this: the American public is not a huge fan of context. Vitriolic headlines broke last week when she appeared at the upfronts alongside Simon Cowell to promote her upcoming turn as a judge on The X Factor. As...

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Something Very Cool Happened to My Friends

(7) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 4:46 PM

This week, my two year-old daughter and I went over for a play date to the house of a friend from my theater days. She was always a professional dynamo, but, as you might expect of someone in the arts, her personal life had whirled in disarray (think Holly Golightly...

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Thank God For My Single Friends

(15) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 11:47 AM

A few years ago my writing partner, Emma, and I were taken out to lunch by a woman who had just had her first baby in her early forties. She had already hired and fired several nurses and was lamenting (really whining -- technically, it was whining) that she didn't...

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