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Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dadby Dan Bucatinsky
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From actor/writer/producer Dan Bucatinsky, executive producer of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, a collection of snort-milk-through-your-nose funny stories of parenthood that will obliterate the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation, and sweep readers up on a journey into fatherhood—warts and all.
In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don Roos, adopted a baby girl. 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 second child, a boy, into the couple’s arms. Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? is Bucatinsky’s hilarious and heartwarming account of his adventures as a gay dad.
In a distinctly captivating voice, Bucatinsky moves deftly from a reflection on losing his own father just as he’s becoming one, to side-splitting stories of potty training his daughter, and finally to the ongoing competition with his same-sex spouse about who is the better parent.
Bucatinsky’s stories capture his dawning realization that every single aspect of his life has been impacted by having children and strike the universal chords of child rearing, marriage, family, and growing older. Soul-bearing and honest, they pierce the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation while still managing to stay rooted to the heart of his story: the hunger to be a parent—and the life-changing road to becoming one.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
About the Author
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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