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In the Spotlight: Christian Burch

The Book: Manny /ma·ne/ n

A male nanny or babysitter, known to be handsome, fabulous, and a lover of eighties music

"Be interesting."

That's what the manny tells Keats Dalinger the first time he packs Keats's school lunch, but for Keats that's not always the easiest thing to do. Even though he's the only boy at home, it always feels like no one ever remembers him. His sisters are everywhere! Lulu is the smart one, India is the creative one, and Belly . . . well, Belly is the naked one. And the baby. School isn't much better. There, he's the shortest kid in the entire class.

But now the manny is the Dalinger's new babysitter, and things are starting to look up. It seems as though the manny always knows the right thing to do. Not everyone likes the manny as much as Keats does, however. Lulu finds the manny embarrassing, and she's started to make a list of all the crazy things that he does, such as serenading the kids with "La Cucaracha" from the front yard or wearing underwear on his head or meeting the school bus with Belly, dressed as limo drivers. Keats is worried. What if Lulu's "Manny Files" makes his parents fire the manny? Who will teach him how to be interesting then?

Amazon: The Manny Files

Amazon Kindle: The Manny Files

Other Books in the List: 

Amazon: Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel (2008)

Amazon Kindle: Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel (2008)

The Author: "Schoolboy, time to wake up and go to school so you can learn something so you can grow up to be somebody!" This is how Christian Burch's father woke him every morning for school, from elementary school, to junior high and all the way through high school graduation. And although it was annoying, it wasn't nearly as bad as Christian's mother singing opera as loud as she could as they walked around the mall. She wasn't doing it because she was an opera fan, but only to make Christian and his younger sister, Amy, cringe and to provide herself with entertainment. This is how Christian grew up in Caney, Kansas...constantly laughing through gritted teeth.

Eventually Christian became a male nanny, a painter, and a writer and used his real-life manny experiences and stories from his own childhood as inspiration for his novels. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming where he tubes the rivers in summers and teaches Visual Arts at The Jackson Hole Community School during the school year. The families that he has worked with for the past ten years are growing up and Christian excitedly watches as they "grow up to be somebody."

http://www.christianburch.com/

Top 100 Gay Novels List (*)

External Link to the Top100 Gay Novels List (simple - without photos)

External Link to the Top 100 Gay Novels List (wanted - with photos)

*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

Other titles not in the top 100 list:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/top50MM
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