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How men have babies : the pregnant father's survival guide
Thicke, Alan.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill : Contemporary Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 219 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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HQ756 .T46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Thicke and his friends, including Kevin Costner, Jason Alexander, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Wayne Gretzky, share their nine-month war stories with fathers-to-be, preparing them for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Author Notes

Alan Thicke was born Alan Willis Jeffrey in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada on March 1, 1947. He was an actor, songwriter, and author. His most memorable role was Dr. Jason Seaver on the sitcom Growing Pains, which ran from 1985 to 1992 on ABC. He also appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful and was a game show host. He wrote the theme songs for numerous game shows including The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, and the original Wheel of Fortune. He also wrote the themes for the sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life with Al Burton and Gloria Loring. In 2013, he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. His books included How to Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You and How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide. He died from a heart attack on December 13, 2016 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

In the television show Growing Pains, Thicke portrayed Hollywood's notion of the ideal father. In his book, he ventures into real-world fatherhood, chronicling the pregnancy of his second wife, Gina. It's not his first turn at fatherhood, so he's able to examine how the process has changed in recent years: home ovulation kits, home pregnancy tests, child birthing classes, an empathy belly contraption tied around the father's waist to simulate the travails of carrying a baby in the womb. Thicke offers humorous tips on preparing for parenthood by, for example, smearing peanut butter on furniture. Then he begins a month-by-month guide through pregnancy from a decidedly male perspective. The prototypical woman he uses (presumably Gina) is a whiner with every conceivable stereotypical pain and discomfort of pregnancy and attitudes to match. Thicke entertains a scenario of a pregnant woman president negotiating with some global trouble spot--"Estro-Babe" with her finger on the hot button. But much of his material is funny, and some of it is serious. It actually is a guide through fertilization, gestation, and birth. Thicke offers a barrage of statistics: the cost of a lifetime of child rearing, the connection between birth weight and juvenile diabetes, the fact that 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Interspersed throughout the book are little celebrity quips on pregnancy and child rearing, including insights by Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Maher, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Of little practical use to pregnant women but others might find it useful and amusing. --Vanessa Bush