From Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy

Chris Pegula, with Frank Meyer. Perigee, $15 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-0-399-16626-6
Pegula (creator of Diaper Dude, a line of gear for dads) offers a dude-centric guide for expectant fathers. Any man who doesn’t identify himself as a “dude” may not be able to get past being constantly referred to as such or repeated asides about barbecuing or drinking. Dude language may also prove off-putting. Examples range from the silly such as, “I’m not going to get all... Dr. Philish on ya” to crude references to “your wang” and your wife’s “rad new set of jugs.” Men who embrace the “dude” sobriquet and who are planning a family may find some helpful hints in this “Pregnancy 101 from the dude’s point of view.” Pegula hammers home a few main points, chief among them being “it’s not all about YOU anymore.” Listening to your partner and being supportive features prominently, as does remembering whose life will be the most difficult over the next nine months, and providing your mate with compliments and massages. New fathers and fathers-to-be should be ready for new experiences—like housework. An adequate resource for dudes, with discussion of standard pregnancy milestones and baby prep, though nondudes may wish to seek advice elsewhere. Agent: Stacey Glick, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/07/2014
Release date: 05/06/2014
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