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.
Editors Select, January 2014 - Don’t let the title fool you: Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight is so much more than a book about parenting or adoption for same-sex couples. Tears streamed down my face in laughter and at times sadness as I went on this personal journey with Dan Bucatinsky (Emmy Award-winning actor, Scandal) as he and his husband Don adopt and raise their two children, Eliza and Jonah. Bucatinsky has a unique ability as a writer to craft each chapter with his whole heart – yet his style is not overtly saccharine – and he delivers a witty and relatable story with each vignette about his parental coming-of-age. Anyone with kids or considering starting a family one day will find chapters such as "Wake Up and the Smell the Fingers" or "Keeping Them Off the Pipe and the Pole" as striking a resonant chord or as an early warning of what’s to come. The only way this book could be funnier is if Bucatinsky narrated it himself - and thankfully, he does. Jessica, Audible Editor
"I was laughing out loud as I read Dan's book of parental (mis)adventures. He's a gifted writer with a hilarious voice and rapier wit." (Neil Patrick Harris)
"I read Dan's compelling and 'modern' book in almost one sitting and when my face wasn't in my hands laughing myself silly, I was touched and moved by Dan's ability to stay in his heart." (Jane Lynch)
"[T]he author's entertaining narration of this fast-moving memoir makes it sound like a one-man theater performance. Bucatinsky is a natural performer who knows how to milk a line for all the pathos or humor it contains." (AudioFile)
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A Parenting Book with Humor and Heart
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This book is exceptional, it covers topics that most gay and straight couples just don't talk about! As a Dad to be in a gay relationship, finally this is a book that can at least let me know that everyone has great days and days where you are utterly embarrassed! Loved it. Thanks so much for sharing your journey!!