Jenny McCarthy--actress, comedian, activist, and New York Times bestselling author--candidly recounts her humorous Catholic upbringing, from her childhood dream of becoming a nun to her Playmate of the Year centerfold, and all of the Hail Mary's in between.
In keeping with the theme of her comedic New York Times bestsellers, from Belly Laughs to Love, Lust & Faking It, McCarthy brings her trademark honesty, humility, and humor to bear as she chronicles her often embarrassing, occasionally outlandish, and always entertaining life as a born-and-raised Catholic girl.
Jenny attended one of the most prestigious all-girl Catholic schools in Chicago. While most young girls in Jenny's neighborhood were playing with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun, Jenny was playing with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. She had every intention of growing up and becoming a nun, but a few hilarious speed bumps and blinking red lights along the way changed her mind. Jenny never did accept Sister Mary's reasoning that she could avoid purgatory if she just bought a string necklace for $10. The fact that two of her aunts are simultaneously nuns and cops-yes, they carry guns and shoot people while wearing a habit-never made complete sense to her. And neither does her mother's insistence that Jenny bury certain religious statues in the front lawns of her houses before she sells them. But then again, Jenny does have four of them buried across Southern California.
This book tells the story of what went wrong during Jenny's Catholic upbringing, or, as Jenny puts it now, what went right. Chapters include: "I Knew I Should Have Worn Underwear to Church", "Jesus' Baby Mama", "Can Someone Kill Our Dog, Please?", and "Oh No, My Mom is Going to Hell."
BAD HABITS is a brutally honest, hilarious memoir that will delight the legions of Jenny McCarthy fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.) I am a practicing Catholic and have had PRIESTS (note the plural form of the word) tell me that IT IS NOT A SIN TO PUT AN ANIMAL DOWN WHEN IT IS SUFFERING/DYING. Again,Jenny read up on Vatican II or study the Caticisim of the Catholic church before you start ranting about how horrible the faith is. As for euthinasia with a human being;if the person cannot live without life support,you can let that person pass.If the person is terminal,you are only obligated to give that person food/water but you ARE NOT required to keep giving them medicine to keep them alive longer.
The Catholic Church has been around for 2000+ years and there are still people converting to the faith--especially the world over.The Catholic Church has survived Nazisim and Communisim--I'm sure it can survive the attatcks of a dysfunctional,angry girl whose main purpose was to be eye candy ( autisim activist... pfffft! ) The question is will the church of Jenny McCarthy still be around 2000 years from now?Read more ›
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.
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.
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