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"Riveting from start to finish.
Nelsie Spencer
takes you inside Ellie, a place by turns bright, funny and sharp, then dark, sharp and cutting. You'll laugh with her, worry for her
and be lifted by her great spirit."

Dennis Drake, screenwriter

After having 2 kids, 20 months apart,  in my late 30s and taking both to a preschool on Manhattan’s Upper East Side filled with heiresses and old-money types, I knew I had a novel in me. 

The Playgroup is that story.

Inspired by true events, this fish-out-of-water tale chronicles my time (with a little fiction thrown in) cavorting with uber-rich mommies with fulltime nannies, country homes, and live-in staff.

Now Available on E-Book!

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 "The author’s comedic background comes shining through. The writing is funny. Ellie’s lines are delivered perfectly!”

-- Library Journal

“Spencer deftly chronicles a study of attraction, lies, and self-destruction…”

-- Publisher’s Weekly 

“Takes up where The Nanny Diaries left off.”

-- Kirkus Reviews 

"Nelsie Spencer has achieved something very difficult. She has written a commercial book and a smart book. Ellie is so fresh...both brazen and beautiful and perfectly of her moment. She reminds me of Isadora Wing in Fear of Flying." 

- Ellen Paul, author of Slightly Abridged

"I read this book last summer, and I could not put it down! I found myself reading the good juicy parts out loud to my husband! This book is a quick read that you won't want to end!"

- Jodi, 5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon