Citizen Girl

By Emma McLaughlin; Nicola Kraus
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780743266864, 320pp.)

Publication Date: October 4, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Another biting satire from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.
Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and color-coordinate file folders, twenty-four-year-old Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands the job of her dreams she ignores her misgivings and concentrates on getting the job done...whatever that may be.
Sharply observed and devastatingly funny, Citizen Girl captures with biting accuracy what it means to be young and female in the new economy. A personal glimpse into an impersonal world, Citizen Girl is edgy and heartfelt, an entertaining read that is startlingly relevant.

About the Author

Emma McLaughlin, with Nicola Kraus, is the New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, Dedication, Nanny Returns, and their young adult novels, The Real Real and Over You. They work together in New York City. For more information visit

Praise For Citizen Girl

"McLaughlin and Kraus deftly satirize postfeminist, postmodern, twenty-first-century America, using management jargon and hipster slang with equal precision. More remarkable is the subtlety with which Girl's story moves from the dreary-yet-familiar world of demanding bosses and unrewarding work into the realm of nightmares. The authors have conjured up a vision of America that's just this side of dystopian, and their funhouse-mirror worldview generates its own strange suspense."

"Young professional readers will relate to the degrading challenge of scraping for entry-level work in a lousy economy and the tyranny of clueless, selfish bosses. And McLaughlin and Kraus should be lauded for creating an old-school feminist heroine who knows where to draw the line."
 --The Washington Post

"Citizen Girl takes shots at every single instance of one woman's confrontation with male society during the course of a few months. It does this while being wickedly funny and well written but not dogmatic or finger wagging."
--The New Republic

"From the authors of The Nanny Diaries comes the hilarious story of a recent college grad looking for the perfect job.  Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus strike paydirt with their girl-meets-big-city formula.
-- marie claire

"[A] sharp, funny satire....  The authors use a light touch that still hightlights key issues   for women in today's workplace (do you have to look hot to get ahead?)"
--US weekly

"Ms. McLaughlin and Ms. Kraus have created a readable, lively entertaining read that puts in perspective just how crazy all workplaces are.  Whether they're for profit or nonprofit, no one seems to know what they're doing.  And they certainly can't communicate it to their underlings, much less the board of directors.  That bit of social commentary in itself makes this book a welcome addition to its genre: instead of a decent husband, our heroine seeks a sane boss. Funny that they're equally elusive."
--The New York Sun

"[A] hyperventilating satire....witty and biting..."
--Publisher's Weekly

"[Citizen Girl] is a pointed social satire about wry young women with integrity dropped into a swirl of Manhattan money and ambition."
--Alex Williams, The New York Times

 "A satire about staying true to one's values while also staying employed, [Citizen Girl] is meatier and more engaging than "Diaries"--think "The Beauty Myth" meets "Sex and the City....  McLaughlin and Kraus keep us amused."
--Austin American-Statesman

"The best-selling authors of The Nanny Diaries return with another mordant satire--this time they skewer self-important personalities of the twenty-first-century workplace."
--Teen Vogue

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