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Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad by [Dan Bucatinsky]

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“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

"Oh my GOD, I LOVE this book. It’s a hilarious account of Dan’s journey through life, love, Hollywood, and fatherhood. It’s brilliant and SO funny.” –Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar-winning actress and author of
My Father's Daughter

"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

"Okay. I know Dan. We’ve worked together for almost ten years. I’ve never seen him naked. But after reading his book, I feel like I’ve seen him without a stitch, no cover, completely bare. I also saw myself in this as a parent and thought “Oh, I’m not alone with my thoughts.” It’s good not to be all alone with these feelings and as is usual for me, Dan is the perfect company to keep."—Lisa Kudrow

“This book will make you laugh, cry, cringe in sympathy, and delight along with Dan, his husband, and his two adorable kids.” –Ayelet Waldman, author of
Bad Mother

"This book is unbelievably heartwarming and hysterically funny. Dan Bucatinsky's stories are beautiful, capturing the ways children challenge and teach their parents about living." --Rosie O'Donnell

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Dan Bucatinsky captures the joys, terrors, and absurdities of being a gay parent. But this funny, touching book is for all parents—gay or straight” —Dan Savage, author of The Kid

“Few people make me laugh as much as Dan Bucatinsky, but I was not prepared this time to be crying between the guffaws. This is a book I will return to again and again for its humor, that's a no-brainer, but for its sly wisdom as well.” —Terrence McNally, Tony award-winning playwright.

“Loved how Dan bounced from crazy silly to gut wrenching and heartwarming. His humor was the sugar that made the crystal meth of his life go down. I will be a better parent because he went places and made some mistakes so I don't have to. Adoption is so difficult and just being in a relationship is hard enough, but as he made clear in the book, so frickin’ worth it.” —Tom Arnold

"Once I put my kid to bed, this book made me laugh out loud late into the night. The perils of parenting as told by Dan are hilarious and heartbreaking and utterly recognizable to anyone who has a child. Brilliant." –Shonda Rhimes, creator of
Grey’s Anatomy

"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

About the Author

Dan Bucatinskywrote, produced, and starred in the indie romantic comedy All Over the Guy and is currently a cocreator and costar 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.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0061Q49FO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books; 1st edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 5, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3115 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 258 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 100 ratings

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Dan Bucatinsky was born in New York City, to Argentinian parents. He later went to Vassar College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and moved back to New York to become an actor and a writer. After moving to Los Angeles, in 1992, he met his current husband of 20 years, filmmaker Don Roos. Professionally, Dan is known for writing and starring in the indie romatic comedy "All Over the Guy" (Lionsgate). In 2003 he and partner Lisa Kudrow founded Is Or Isn't Entertainment, which produced the cult HBO comedy "The Comeback" co-starring Bucatinsky as publicist Billy Stanton. The third season of their acclaimed docu-series "Who Do You Think You Are?" premiered on NBC this year. The pair have also garnered critical and audience attention for the groundbreaking web-to TV series "Web Therapy" in which Bucatinsky also stars. The award winning series will launch its 2nd season on Showtime in July.

"I was on the set of "Under the Tuscan Sun" where I was working as an actor – when the director, Audrey Wells, was expounding on the joys of "discovering the father" in one's spouse. Call it my own "ah-ha" moment... which turned into an "oh shit" moment when I realized I only had 3 Euro left on my Italian phone card – just enough to scream into a pay phone to Don how I wanted to discover the 'father' in him. And not in the creepy, kinky way.

About a year later, we'd embarked on the harrowing and complicated task of retaining an adoption lawyer and registering with an adoption agency to maximize our chances of meeting a birth mom before either of us could become a member of AARP (Don)... And by the end of 2004, we were matched with a two-pack-a-day, Slurpee-loving teen from Wisconsin. We were expecting our daughter, who was born in March of 2005. Two years later, my father became terminally ill with brain cancer and died in March of 2007. Our son, Jonah, named after my father, was born six months later.

During that time, and since then... I have continued to write about my experience as a new father. But soon my writing expanded into ruminations about all aspects of how my life has been impacted by having kids: as a man in a same-sex marriage, as a son, as a brother... as a man. A man who never thought he'd ever be standing in front of a cherubic five-year-old he'd call his daughter while she told him: "Daddy, smell my fingers."

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