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"The Book for Guys Who Don't Want Kids" (Fair Shake Press, $11.99) is intended to turn its readers into guys who not only do want kids but can no longer imagine life without them.

The slim volume started out as a pep talk that author and dad Scott Kelby gave a very reluctant father-to-be at the tearful request of the man's wife. The man not only became the gushing father of two but also wrote the final chapter of this book.

Kelby is persuasive, all right. He points out that by going to the prenatal doctor's appointments and researching baby gear, dads-to-be will become more vested in the child. And once the baby arrives, Dad finds that his priorities change so radically that he doesn't care so much about those nights out with the boys and other things that used to be so important.

When Kelby writes about how it feels to come home to his son every day, his sincerity is truly moving and believable. His book will have parents nodding in recognition and future dads and moms feeling reassured.

On his son's birth: "At that moment, if anyone tried to take him away or hurt him, I would without question fight to the death for him without any regard for my own life. You'll feel exactly the same way."


(c) 2005, Chicago Tribune. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.

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