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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 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 09, 2012 – 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 , 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.

Customer Reviews

inspiring for same-sex couples

I can say this book made me laugh. I can also say this book made me tear up. But the one thing it made me do was relate. And when you can relate to a book and feel yourself inside of the stories... that is a truly amazing feeling. Thank you for words of wisdom and witty thoughts.

Love it!!!

My partner and I are in the process to adopt, it was funny and real, we couldn't put the book down
For Gays or straight couple who want to adopt, READ this book it's beyond amazing!!!!


I'm a big fan of Dan as an actor and when I heard of this book I thought of giving it a go. I'm not one of those people who want kids but I have been wondering what kind of struggles gay percents go through beforehand and after having kids. Boy have I learned a thing or two by reading this book

This book is so funny and relatable

- It should be required reading for all parents gay or straight just for the insights of a dad.

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Jun 05, 2012
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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