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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have never read a Jenny McCarthy book, but when it came up on my on my recommended items list, I figured why not. It is seriously hilarious. If you have read some of Chelsea Handler's old stuff, this takes me back there. I was laughing away while reading this. Really great.

After reading some other reviews I would like to add some more info. First of all this book is not for the crazed religious people. She is being sarcastic and funny. She is trying to be herself. I honestly don't believe she is attacking the Catholic church, but is really giving her own honest and hilarious story. Relax people.
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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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.... 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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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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I love reading memoirs. It all started in fourth grade when I discovered the shelf of biographies and autobiographies. Up to that point I think I had mostly been checking out fiction and to find out that there were more things than fictional picture books and chapter books made a big impression. Every week when my class went to the school library I would pick a someone new to read about. The people who made the biggest impression on me were all women. Elizabeth Blackwell, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller are a handful that I can remember reading about to this day. Over the years I have read all sorts of books, but I now love humorous memoirs and McCarthy sure fits the bill on that one! I have read a few of, but not all of, her other books. I really enjoyed Belly Laughs as I read it either while pregnant or soon after one of my children was born and I could totally understand where she was coming from.

I grew up Catholic, but I did not go to Catholic school, I attended CCD on Sundays. The nuns who came by to see how we were doing with our lessons always intimidated me a bit, other kids talked about them hitting knuckles with rulers and I think I was always afraid i would get caught not knowing the answer and that would be my punishment. I never actually saw this happen to anyone, but it seemed like it was possible.

McCarthy has such a great knack for taking embarrassing moments from her life and making them funny. Having a poster on her wall of Jesus that she treated like a girl might treat a poster of her favorite actor or singer, thinking that her family had won the McDonald's Monopoly game, and being traumatized by a scary movie all come out as funny and amusing.
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