Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad

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In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don Roos, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl?launching their frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later, the same birth mother?a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew?delivered a son into the couple?s arms. In Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Bucatinsky moves deftly from ...

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In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don Roos, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl—launching their frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later, the same birth mother—a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew—delivered a son into the couple’s arms. In Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Bucatinsky moves deftly from sidesplitting stories about where kids put their fingers to the realization that his athletic son might just grow up to be straight and finally to a reflection on losing his own father just as he’s becoming one. Bucatinsky’s soul-baring and honest stories tap into that all-encompassing, and very human, hunger to be a parent—and the life-changing and often ridiculous road to getting there.

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TV show creator Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos, his director/screenwriter husband, are daddies, having fathered two robust children: Eliza in 2005 and Jonah in 2007. In this informal memoir, he describes the couple's often riotous, on-the-job education in parenting. Bucatinsky's candor and unpretentiousness make this book a fun read for parents and parents-to-be of any sexual orientation. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.

Publishers Weekly
A regular Huffington Post contributor, actor Bucatinsky (who has appeared in Grey’s Anatomy and Curb Your Enthusiasm) writes a monthly Advocate.Com column about being a gay dad, and he expands on that in this darkly humorous look at the vicissitudes of parenthood and potty training. Recalling his early relationship with his partner, sharp-witted screenwriter Don Roos (Marley & Me), he opens with a twisted tale about terminal cancer patient Patti, who scammed caregivers Dan and Don over a year before they caught on to her fraudulent cancer claims. Deciding to adopt, they found inspiration in Dan Savage’s book, The Kid, and met with an adoption lawyer. Traveling to a seedy section of Vegas, they rejected their first birth mother candidate, deceptive drug user Samantha, but their luck changed with the affable, Slurpee-drinking Monica, “a beautiful, wide-eyed, tough-talking, pack-a-day teen.” In 2005, they adopted Eliza Rose. Initially, Dan was petrified by whether he’d be able to bond with an adopted baby “until the day of the birth. The second Eliza was lifted into the air, like Kunta Kinte in Roots, I fell in love.” Jonah, also from Monica, arrived a few years later. Throughout, Dan details happy and stressful days with Eliza and Jonah, as he reflects on gayness, the gay life, and being asked, “Where is their mother?” Writing with an inventive, fluid flair, he delivers dramatic surprises replete with clever verbal sparring, finding risible humor in life’s little banalities as well as its emotional peaks. (June 5)
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"I devoured this book. I love Dan's story, his kids and his writing." –Jennifer Garner

"This is a smart, funny, relatable and altogether human book. How are families made? With love, and courage, and laughter, and grace––all abundantly present in this terrific story. I wish Dan Bucatinsky lived next door to me so we could kvell and kvetch together about our beautiful kids and the complexities of modern parenthood." —Dani Shapiro, author of the bestselling memoir Slow Motion

"This book is hilarious, honest, heartfelt. Any parent—any person—gay or straight, will be able to relate to Dan Bucatinsky's captivating story. He's not just a great comedy writer, he's a great writer. With his own unique voice, he shines a light on the joys and challenges of family life. I'd put it in a time capsule... people in the future can read it and know what it was to be alive at the dawn of the 21st Century." —Bill Wrubel, Executive Producer, Modern Family

"If Erma Bombeck and Oscar Wilde wrote a book together, the result would be 'Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight.' Lucky for Dan Bucatinsky, they're both dead." —Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of I’m Not Myself These Days

“Writing with an inventive, fluid flair, he [Dan Bucatinsky] delivers dramatic surprises replete with clever verbal sparring, finding risible humor in life’s little banalities as well as its emotional peaks.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
Actor, writer and producer Bucatinsky muses on being a gay parent of two adopted children. Bucatinsky, a co-creator of the Showtime TV series Web Therapy, and his husband, the director and screenwriter Don Roos, adopted a girl, Eliza, in 2005, and a boy, Jonah, in 2007--both from the same mother. The author chronicles the adoption process and the highs and lows of his experiences raising two young children. In the early sections, which focus on the adoptions, the author touches on similar territory as Dan Savage's 1999 book The Kid (which Bucatinsky mentions approvingly), but where Savage's book was moving and witty, Bucatinsky's is mostly shallow and trite. Among his banal observations: that both gay and straight parents argue about how best to raise kids; that married couples have sex less often after kids come along; and that What to Expect When You're Expecting doesn't anticipate every parenting question. Bucatinsky obviously thinks that bodily functions are a rich source of comedy, but readers will tire after the fourth or fifth story about urine and/or feces. He also devotes multiple pages to his opinions regarding female genitalia and details a failed attempt to shave his own testicles. Throughout, the author employs a style that suggests an overeager blogger desperate for approval. An amateurish memoir.
Library Journal
03/01/2014
Bucatinsky, actor and author of a column for The Advocate that chronicles his life as a cofather of two, expands on his columns in this darkly hilarious account of the adoption of his children. Highlights of the memoir include his reflections on being gay and on being asked where the kids' mother is. (LJ 7/12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451660739
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 521,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Bucatinsky

Dan Bucatinsky wrote, produced, and starred in the indie romantic comedy All Over the Guy and is currently a co-creator and co-star of the acclaimed web-to-television Showtime series Web Therapy. He continues to act, write, and produce for film and television. He lives in California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Wake Up and Smell the Fingers 1

Chapter 2 This CAN'T Be Love 13

Chapter 3 What Happened in Vegas 25

Chapter 4 Who Knew? 43

Chapter 5 Aunt Cuckoo 57

Chapter 6 To Cut or Not to Cut 65

Chapter 7 Pee on the Hand, Poop on the Coat 71

Chapter 8 Bam Bam 75

Chapter 9 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish … Three-Way 83

Chapter 10 I'm Not as Competitive as You Are 91

Chapter 11 More Than I Can Chew 103

Chapter 12 Room 207 113

Chapter 13 Sexy Look 125

Chapter 14 Faster, Pussycat, Swim, Swim 131

Chapter 15 A Giant Valentine for a Tiny Heart 139

Chapter 16 Keeping Them Off the Pipe and the Pole 145

Chapter 17 Out in the Park 153

Chapter 18 The F Word 161

Chapter 19 The Box 171

Chapter 20 Let's AU Do the Twist 185

Chapter 21 Keeping Up with the Bergmans 189

Chapter 22 You Are Who You Meet 197

Chapter 23 Roxanne 205

Chapter 24 Tangled 211

Chapter 25 Angry Bird 215

Chapter 26 Birth Mom Barbie 225

Chapter 27 Why Are We Still Talking About This? 233

Acknowledgments 241

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Recommended

    Funny and sad. It was a good read not great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Gay or straight, if you're a parent you can definitely enjoy thi

    Gay or straight, if you're a parent you can definitely enjoy this touching and hilarious account of adoption, relationships and parenthood. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Kayla

    I am glad that they did that because its good to express ur self

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Entertaining Read

    This was a very funny look at adoption for gay families - and made the whole experience seem real and approachable.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    This is one of the best books i have every read. It is a must re

    This is one of the best books i have every read. It is a must read for anyone who has children, has parents and wonders about our daily choices and the predicaments we end up in as parents! I laughed so hard, I had to stop reading it in public. But also -- was very moved as the author talks about the passing of his father and the adoption of his son. I would recommend it -- a perfect father's day gift!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Someone gave me this book and I loved every word. Really fun.

    Someone gave me this book and I loved every word. Really fun. Touching.

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