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The Big Nap (A Mommy-Track Mystery #2)

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When her infant son's Chasidic babysitter vanishes, Juliet Applebaum wonders if the girl was fleeing her upcoming arranged marriage--or was she fleeing something more sinister? Traveling from Los Angeles to a Chasidic enclave in Brooklyn, Juliet searches for answers in her pursuit for justice. (July)
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jenny
Sep 08, 2012 Jenny rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenny by: Clare
I liked the style in which this book was written but I just couldn't get into this book. The author was obviously interested in the Hasidic Jewish culture bit only got her feet wet. Why do the women wear wigs? What is the draw for being orthodox like this? I wanted more about this rather than read about an annoying bored mother who pokes her nose into people's business for someone she knew for a few hours. I realize that most mysteries are built on the improbable but this was a little more towar ...more
Judie
Juliet Appelbaum, Harvard Law School graduate currently stay-at-home mother, living in a heavily Hasidic community in Los Angeles with her movie-script-writer husband, three-year-old daughter, and four-month-old son. She is totally exhausted. Her son doesn't sleep much and her husband puts in very long hours at the studio.

She hires a neighborhood girl to watch the baby for a couple hours while her daughter is in preschool so she can catch up on her sleep. The next day, the babysitter disappears.
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Kristyn
A funny mystery to read in one sitting (I read it in a single nap!). I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't usually read mysteries, but this one was fun, funny, and refreshing to read as a mother. She had me with the first line, when the main character opens the door to the FedEx Man in her nursing bra, straps unstrapped. One thing I appreciate about Ayelet Waldman's writing (more specifically her nonfiction) is her honesty and humor in her treatment of motherhood. The reader sees the ...more
Lisa Beazley
I'm not normally a mystery reader, but I've read three of four of the Mommy Track Mysteries. I just had my third baby and returned to this series, remembering the laughs and comfort these books brought me in those endless sleep deprived new baby days. I recommend them to new moms all the time who don't feel like they have the time/brain power to read. They are a fun, fast paced, funny and smart escape.
Tiffany
A few charming and/or funny insights, and very relatable for new moms; however, the author seems to be more capable than this work (or its prequel). It's as if she wouldn't possibly read it of her own volition; she's designed a mystery novel to appeal to an audience she knows exists but of which she is not a member.
Evanston Public  Library
You don't have to be a parent to enjoy Ayelet Waldman's The Big Nap, but if you are you'll find an extra layer of humor as new mom Juliet Applebaum struggles to get through her days on very little sleep. Her need for a nap is what motivates Juliet to hire Fraydle, a young Hasidic woman, as a babysitter. When Fraydle vanishes after a single day on the job, Juliet decides to get to the bottom of it. Irreverent and hilarious (although much of the humor does center around child rearing and, specific ...more
Debbie
I heard an interview with the author on NPR and the series sounded like fun.

Public defender turned stay-at-home mom Juliet Applebaum keeps her brain busy solving mysteries that come up in her daily life. This time around she is searching for her babysitter that went missing.

The plot is interesting as it takes place in a Hasidic community. I found the modest dress and the women covering their hair with scarves or wigs an interesting parallel to the muslim's hajib.

Waldman is definitely a witty w
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Mara
This genre is not really my bag. That said Waldman is funny, smart and speaking truth about motherhood. Waldman also manages not to insult my intelligence, which can be a rare occurence in terms of lightweight genre fiction. Enjoyable.
Kaethe
Something about a Hasidic babysitter. Oh, like it matters. When my mother reads a Cat Who mystery, is she going to remember the plots? They're all McGuffins anyway. Fierce tiny lawyer/mom cracks wise on the childrearing, swoons for her spouse, and waxes serious about some serious issue.
Jeanne
Juliet Applebaum is back and desperately in search of some sleep.

A nap comes to her in the form of Fraydle, an Orthodox Jew and teenaged babysitter. Finally, a nap for Juliet! After her first day with Juliet’s cranky son, Fraydle appears to be missing. A mystery!

Of course, Juliet sticks her nose in and discovers far more than she wanted to know: an arranged marriage, an illicit boyfriend, and a powerful Hasidic community. It’s hard to know what Juliet’s true motivation is—sleep or helping a fam
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Catherine
Jan 17, 2008 Catherine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catherine by: Sharon Doty
Another easy-on-the-brain read from Ayelet. The book has a very followable storyline that's interesting enough to keep you turning pages, but not taxing in any way. Two Mommy Mysteries in a row might be too much, though. Spunky Juliet, our sleep-deprived, breast-milk-leaking, unremitting heroine started to grate on me a bit, as did her implausibly sexy and supportive husband. (His every appearance equates to "That spit-up on your shirt makes me hot.") I found the setting more interesting than us ...more
Susan Davis
I'm on a Ayelet Waldman kick. After just finishing Love and Treasure, that I adored, I discovered this earlier series of hers. They are fun. Not as meaty as later things. But fun.
Mary White
Really fun fast read. Sue Grafton meets Faye Kellerman. I could relate to the breast- feeding mother's feelings about her body not belonging to herself.
Derek Wolfgram
Waldman is a talented writer, a good storyteller, and a very, very funny woman. I learned about her when I saw her speak at a conference with her husband, Michael Chabon, about the life of two married writers, and she stole the show. The Big Nap was a breezy, fun, irreverent, thoroughly enjoyable read. I will probably not read her other books, as the "Mommy-Track" theme is definitely aimed at a different target audience from childless middle-aged men. However, I thoroughly enjoyed The Big Nap an ...more
Dana
Dec 20, 2010 Dana added it
Currently reading this one. I grabbed it for a light road trip book but picked it up and am flying through it. I wasn't expecting much but I am enjoying it. I like the self depricating humor of mothers of cranky babies and the contrast. There is the contrast between the hassidic Jews and Juliets token Jewish life. And between the career past and her motherhood life now. It rings true and I will probably look for another by this author
Lain
Waldman has an easy way with words, and she seemed to hit her stride in this book. There are a few eye-rolling moments when even my quite liberal suspension of disbelief gene was twanging with outrage (Juliet thinks the Hasidic 18-year-old, looks-like-a-young-Liz-Taylor, reminds her of herself???), but I'm willing to overlook those in favor of a fairly seamless plotline and fun, lively characters.
Cathy
I took this book with me over Thanksgiving vacation. It was a great refuge from the noise and chaos of the family. I loved Juliet and her little family. I wish I had a friend like her. The mystery was interesting, plus it featured lots of well-drawn supporting characters. I will definitely pick up more books by Ms. Waldman.
Janice
I practically read these books in backwards order, but it really didn't matter. Again, loved the Juliet and her outlook on life. The story was interesting because it dealt with Hasidic Jews, but wasn't my favorite compared to the other more fun subjects. Ok yeah, they all are about murder, but this one was more sad.
Abigail
I liked this even better than the first one -- I think, in part, because the mystery wasn't quite as transparent to me. But really, the fun part of these (for me) is more about Juliet than the sleuthing. Waldman is just plain fun to read, and 100% relate-able. Well, at least if you're a mom.
Holly Booms Walsh
This was a clever little cozy mystery about a stay-at-home mommy that solves the mystery of the disappearance of her Hasidic Jewish babysitter. Good whodunit, amusing stories of the travails of childcare, interesting tidbits about the Hasidic Jew community, lots of New York flavor.
Nancy
I really enjoyed this- wonder why I didn't know about this series before! I had waldman pegged as a self-serious literary mcsweeny's type so I was surprised at what fun, funny genre fiction she writes. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Jessica
Aug 14, 2009 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who deals with screaming children all day
This is a fun series--completely off-the-wall plots but a realistic character in Juliet Applebaum, a stay-at-home mom who solves mysteries in between her hilarious and honest observations of motherhood, breastfeeding and the quirks of preschoolers.
Jennifer
Oct 13, 2007 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stay-at-home moms
Shelves: mystery
I just discovered this series and have read the first two in just about as many days--although the mystery plot was a bit thin, immensely fun to read and love the concept of stay-at-home-mom turned PI.
Maria
The Mommy-Track Mysteries:

1. Nursery Crimes
2. The Big Nap
3. Playdate With Death
4. Death Gets a Time-Out
5. Murder Plays House
6. The Cradle Robbers
7. Bye-Bye, Black Sheep
Emilie
Mar 27, 2008 Emilie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humor looking for a light read.
A funny mindless book, entertaining but definitely not a tough read. My favorite part is the first page-- anyone who has done the breastfeeding thing would appreciate the humor.
Beth
I like light hearted mysteries, therefore I liked this book. It is not something I would read again, but it did inspire me to find the rest of the books in the series at the library.
Julie
This book was so good, I whizzed right through it and often lost track of time. Very entertaining mystery without being gory. And for you, Ellyn, Jewish fiction!
Andi
An easy, fluff read. Not as witty as the other one I've read in the series. But, I might try another one when I need a break from heavier stuff.
alicia
I enjoyed this one as much as the first.I love a good cozy mystery.This one does not dissapoint.I just love Juliet.aia finished this in 1 day.
Wendy
I like this series. Juliet is a likeable and relatable character for a stay at home mom. The story was completely unrealistic though interesting.
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Ayelet Waldman is the author of Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of ...more
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A Mommy-Track Mystery (7 books)
  • Nursery Crimes (A Mommy-Track Mystery, #1)
  • A Playdate With Death (A Mommy-Track Mystery #3)
  • Death Gets A Time-Out (A Mommy-Track Mystery #4)
  • Murder Plays House (A Mommy-Track Mystery #5)
  • The Cradle Robbers (A Mommy-Track Mystery, #6)
  • Bye-Bye, Black Sheep (A Mommy-Track Mystery, #7)
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