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The Diary of an American Au Pair

(2001)
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After losing her advertising job in San Francisco and canceling her wedding (though not her engagement) an unencumbered Melissa, who harbors grand illusions about life in England, heads off to a new job as au pair to the family of a Member of Parliament. But the minorly aristocratic Haig-Ereildouns' household falls far short of Melissa's imaginings. Mrs. Haig-Ereildoun refers to Melissa as "her American girl" with a mixture of pride and contempt, expects her to share the children's bathwater and, most importantly, entreats Melissa to " try to speak as we do." Heaven forbid the children pick up an American accent!

But then there is Nanny, the gloriously eccentric octogenarian who raised Mrs. H-E, who offers comfort, and much comic relief; nine-year-old Trevor, Melissa's charge, whose wisdom and companionship redeem many a lonely day; and her budding friendship with a mysterious Englishman who is miles from her fiance in every way. Melissa converses with Scotish fishermen, breakfasts with a French Minister of Culture, frequents island castles and sixteenth century manor houses, all the while straddling her ill-defined role (somewhere between houseguest and servant) with humor and grace. Melissa's immersion in this unforgettable world teaches her more than she could possibly have imagined not only about the culture she has come to inhabit but, most importantly, about herself.

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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Library Binding

Title: Diary of an American Au Pair
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
ISBN: 1-4176-2022-6 / 978-1-4176-2022-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Do Try to Speak as We Do: The Diary of an American Au Pair
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
ISBN: 0-312-26866-1 / 978-0-312-26866-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Diary of an American Au Pair
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
ISBN: 0-09-958354-2 / 978-0-09-958354-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Diary of an American Au Pair: A Novel
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
ISBN: 1-4000-3264-4 / 978-1-4000-3264-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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June 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Diary of an American Au Pair
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
ISBN: 0-09-928642-4 / 978-0-09-928642-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Diary of an American Au Pair
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
ISBN: 0-7011-6979-6 / 978-0-7011-6979-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

February 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Do Try to Speak as We Do: The Diary of an American Au Pair
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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October 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Diary of an American Au Pair: A Novel
Author(s): Marjorie Leet Ford
Publisher: Anchor
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