Author(s): Dan Bucatinsky
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? is a warm and funny look at one man's adventures in fatherhood. Bucatinsky had been with his partner Don for 12 years when they decided to have a child. By the end of 2004, they were matched with a birth mother-a chain smoking, binge drinking, tattooed teen from Wisconsin. Eliza Rose was born in March of 2005. Two and a half years later, the same woman delivered a baby boy, Jonah, into their arms as well. During that time, and since then, Bucatinsky has written a collection of essays that detail his adventures as a new father. The essays range from a moving reflection on losing his father just as he's becoming one, to the downright hilarious story of the day he took his daughter to the bathroom and she asked him to smell her fingers. Over time these essays have expanded into ruminations about how all aspects of his life have been impacted by having kids. Simultaneously poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Bucatinsky's stories pierce the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation.