Do Try to Speak as We Do

Do Try to Speak as We Do

The Diary of An American Au Pair

Book - 2001
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It seems like the perfect job: au pair to an upper middle class English family. The husband is a member of Parliament, British children are known to be well-behaved and the wife's English accent sounds charming on the transatlantic phone. So Melissa is off to England with visions in her head of tennis parties and tea on the lawn. Instead, she finds backbreaking duties, an employer impossible to please, too many opportunities for disaster in the usage of their common language and a polite but freezing undercurrent of anti-Americanism among the family's friends and relations. All of which Melissa describes with wit and charm in her letters home, while eventually discovering that a little bit of understanding and tolerance works both ways, and can even teach her something about herself.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312268664
0312268661
Branch Call Number: FORD
Characteristics: 346p. 22cm.

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iLoveLibraries0_0 Jan 22, 2013

Great book! It's definately geared toward the post-high school age group, but there is nothing in-appropriate, per se (that I can remember) in the book that would prevent younger readers from reading it. The main character is in her early 20s going through a life transition.

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iLoveLibraries0_0 Jan 22, 2013

iLoveLibraries0_0 thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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