Book Review: Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? by Dan Bucatinsky

I’m a member of a book club that sometimes ships the new books automatically…because I’ve forgotten to decline the books. In this instance, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? came to me because I had – once again – forgotten to turn down the selections chosen for me. Since I already paid for them and the package had come, I didn’t really feel like sending them back. It was too much of a pain.

I’m glad I didn’t.

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad is a hysterical memoir on a gay man’s struggle to adopt a child with his husband, and become a parent. But it’s also much more than that. The book has anecdotes from throughout his life that pretty much anyone can relate to. One example, the chapter “The F Word.” No, it’s not what you’re thinking. The word in question is “fat.” Bucatinsky relates his experiences with food, both positive and negative, and how he still struggles to overcome them, and how he tries his best not to pass the food anxiety on to his children.

The book is hilarious, too. By page two I had already laughed three times (I stopped counting after that) and the laughs just kept coming. I couldn’t put it down, either. I stayed up late to read it and had to smother laughs behind a hand to keep from waking up everyone in the house.

But the book is also heartbreaking. The author talks about the loss of his father and struggling to find the right time to open The Box that was left for him. It is the exploration of two men who have different backgrounds and try to find a common ground in not only parenting, but cultural traditions.

Whether or not you are a parent, I highly recommend this book. It has a little bit of something for everyone, and it shows us that no matter what sort of marriage you have or who your partner is, all parents have the same fears and insecurities – and grossouts – about their children.

You can purchase this book now from Amazon.