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Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic Hardcover – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324650
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the author of six bestsellers, from the comedic Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, Life Laughs, and Love, Lust & Faking It to her highly regarded books on autism, Louder than Words and Mother Warriors, and she is co-author of the bestselling Preventing Autism (written with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel). She has appeared in many films and television shows, graced the covers of magazines around the world, has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and is currently the president of Generation Rescue (www.generationrescue.org). McCarthy lives in Los Angeles with her son, Evan.

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Jenny McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, and Louder Than Words, among others. The former host of MTV's hugely popular dating show Singled Out, McCarthy began her career as a Playboy model, before launching a high-profile comedic television and film career. She has been featured everywhere, from Time magazine to the cover of Rolling Stone; has appeared on virtually every television talk show, from Larry King Live to Howard Stern; and is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also served as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

In addition to her work in the world of healing and preventing autism, she is the co-creator, with practicing speech/language pathologist Sarah Clifford Scheflen, of Teach2Talk, a series of DVDs for children.

Born in Chicago, McCarthy currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son, Evan. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyMcCarthy.

Customer Reviews

It was a easy read and so very funny.
Karen Andrew
This is a hysterically funny book....I was laughing out loud a lot and can recommend it for reading if you want a good laugh as Jenny's experiences.
Tropicanne
As a cradle Catholic attending a Catholic school growing up in a Catholic family I can definitely relate with this book.
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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Vern Marie Rolbiecki on December 10, 2012
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Mildly funny. Blames Catholicism for her neurotic phobias which last well into adulthood. Has her facts wrong...the Immaculate Conception is not the Virgin birth, it's the belief that Mary was born without Original Sin. Glad I have
it on the Kindle, I don't want to share it.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Goose on November 8, 2012
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I like Jenny. She is funny and entertaining when you see her on talk shows. Her "deal" is works hard at being funny and quirky. A bit too much maybe. The book was a real stretch in my opinion to make more money. Really ridiculous. Tried so many chapters to try to get into it but it was all so silly. Waste of money. This has to be the only book I have ever given a 1. That says a lot.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By iChat21 on December 12, 2012
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.... this book is SOOOO boring! I wish I could get my money AND my time wasted reading this c.... back.
Would not recommend it to anyone.
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79 of 107 people found the following review helpful By 4MaskCurse on December 11, 2012
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This is really just sad. Jenny,I don't think the Catholic Church is making you feel guilty,I think YOU ARE THE ONE making yourself feel guilty.Why else would you go out on such a crusade to bad mouth and bash a religon that a great deal of the world practices and is at peace with? (Bill Maher anyone?)

Masturbation and sex. Yeah,Jenny everyone has done it,is doing it and will continue to do it. Everyone knows this and has known it;but thanks YET AGAIN for pointing this out. I'm glad to see that at least you have your priorities straight and won't let any one thing dictate your life.

"The guy in the big white hat".... okay,let's demonize Pope John Paul II,but see nothing wrong with Hugh Hefner. Something tells me that a single World Youth Day has more people in attendance than all of your book signings and "movie" premieres put together.

"Jesus was my Justin Beiber.He is hawt!" Way to advocate "coexistance and tolerance." Disrespect and sexualize a spiritual figure held sacred by millions... Hey Jen,try that type of disrespect toward Ala and Muhamuad. You would soon find your air head severed from your plastic body.

This sounds really cliche,but I am going to start praying for this woman--not because of her "lust" or "sex sin" to which she is so hung up over,but rather the constant blasphemy and sacrilege. This is all under the guise of "funny" but it is just hateful and malicous. To be percise; it is evil.

Oh and another misconception that Jenny tosses out about the Catholic faith (she does that ALOT in her last book Love,Lust and Faking it--see review) The subject of euthinasia is not as extreme as she makes it to be; 1.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mary lou on April 13, 2013
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This book is a waste on time, paper and thought process. I found it insulting to my religion, my upbringing and my spirit/
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Duke of Chicago on October 20, 2012
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Usually love Jenny but not this time. Sadly she falls far from the mark. I'm sorry your childhood sucked but it should cost me $15 to find out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By maximum verbosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2013
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And some get even worse. Jenny McCarthy gets worse as time wears on. Her brand of humor was maybe funny when she was a 20 something porn kitten with no kids. Now, as a mother with a kid who is on/off autistic, she's anything but funny. So why am I surprised that she chose to bash the Catholic church to get attention and make some money? Nothing like a bit of blasphemy to build your bank account. Anything that is wrong in her life is 100% because of the choices she's made. Not because she grew up in a strong faith that is practiced by millions all around the world. God can only offer you the gift, it's up to you to accept it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann Coyne on January 4, 2013
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I chose to read it because I too was raised a Catholic. It was funny to a point, but in bad taste many times. I didn't like it.
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