Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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"Most young girls in my neighborhood," writes Jenny McCarthy, "played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. I had every intention of becoming a nun someday." And then, apparently, hilarious events ensued, not to mention centerfolds and half a dozen bestsellers. In her latest church offering, the author of Belly Laughs and Love, Lust, & Faking It talks about her adolescent crush on Jesus, her experiences at an all-girls Catholic school, the importance of wearing underwear at mass, and other matters of faith. Confessions you never expected.

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After six bestsellers, the former Playboy Playmate might be running out of material: she repeats several stories she's told in previous memoirs, including about her big break into nude modeling and the birth of her son. Other stories stretch credulity, including an account of sneaking into the Vatican to see the pope's private quarters. However, the beginning section, in which McCarthy recounts growing up as one of four daughters in an Irish-Catholic family in the Chicago area, is more intriguing, perhaps simply because the idea of the brash, occasionally crude sexpot attending mass is so amusing, or because McCarthy, as she writes, "continued to do what I always do best, which is question things that don't make sense" (as when asking the forbidding Sister Grace Downey why they shouldn't, like Jesus, be Jewish). Indeed, all the Catholics here, except for one "sexy beast of a hot priest," come across as close minded and in need of McCarthy's questioning to see the pitfalls of their faith. But without exploring the honest desire for a meaningful religion, and by reducing some of Catholicism's teachings to inanity, McCarthy fails to make the case for her own, superior spirituality. B&w photos. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401324650
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 341,622
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny McCarthy

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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Table of Contents

1 I Knew I Should Have Worn Underwear to Church l

2 The Age of Innocence 7

3 Sister Jenny 11

4 I Want to Be a Jew! 17

5 I'm Totally Possessed by the Devil, Like Totally 25

6 Jenny's First Fall from Grace 35

7 Stay Home and Make It a Godbuster Night 43

8 Jesus's Baby Mama 47

9 Like a Virgin 51

10 If Gluttony Is Evil, Why Are So Many Catholics Alcoholics? 57

11 Monkey See, Monkey Do 65

12 GOD: Thou Shalt Not Have Strange Gods Before Me. JENNY: I'm Cool with That But… Who Are You? 73

13 Jesus Was My Justin Bieber 79

14 GOD: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Goods. JENNY But What If My Neighbor's Shit Is Really, Really Awesome? 85

15 The Purpose of Lent? I Give Up 95

16 Girls Gone Wild 99

17 O Holy Night 111

18 Can Someone Kill Our Dog, Please? 119

19 Leap of Faith 125

20 PRIEST: You Sold Your Soul to the Devil! JENNY: And I Gave It to Him Half Price! 131

21 I'm Losing My Religion… Just Like R.E.M. 145

22 I See Dead People 153

23 There Is Only So Much Bleach a Girl Can Take 165

24 Oh No, My Mom Is Going to Hell! 171

25 Belly Cries to Belly Laughs 173

26 Aho Mitakuye Oyasin 181

27 Curious Jenny and the Man in the Big White Hat 187

28 Step Away from the Vicodin and Sit on the Toilet 201

29 Losing My Identity 207

30 Evan's Chapter 215

31 Recovering Catholic 217

32 Finding My State of Grace 221

Acknowledgments 223

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Honestly humorous

    I could not put this book down! I am the type of person that will not finish a book unless the author grabs my attention in the first chapter. She definitely did this by telling funny stories in a very real raw way. I felt like I was talking with one of my best girl friends. I am totally going to pick up the rest of her books and dive in!! This is a must read if you are looking for a chuckle.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Me & Jenny survived nuns!

    Great book. Funny & truthful. It's like me & Jenny were raised together. The book wasn't long enough... I want more!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Disgusting

    This should not be tagged as a Catholic book, so it doesn't show up when looking for actual Catholic books.

    This pancaked, painted harlot uses vile language that is fit more for a sailor than a lady, blasphemes Christ and his Church, and shows herself to be an attention-seeking jezebel who is trying unsuccessfully to hide the fact that she is just upset that she is aging very ungracefully. Just one look at her face slathered wiyh a half ton of makeup to try to hide her wrinkles is enough to tell one the type of woman they are dealing with. She feels she wasted her youth in trying to be a child of God, and is now lashing out at the Church she abandoned. Woman, if you hate Christ and His Church, keep it to yourself. Worry about dealing with your menopausal emotional issues in a manner that isn't insulting to billions of faithful.

    2 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Should be "Lies of a Rejected Catholic".

    I have many friends who attended Mother McCauley high school with only inspiring and positive experiences shared. Some of my friends were in Jenny McCarthy's class and stated *she* was indeed the bully - not the recipient as she likes to claim. This book reads like her last grasp for a career in the entertainment industry because once one ends up on The View, one may as well dig their own grave. Shame on you, McCarthy! Mother McCauley shoule sue your lying, sagging a$$!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Comedian, actress and activist, Jenny McCarthy can now add New York Times bestselling author to her list of accomplishments. She had me laughing out loud as I listened to her book, Bad Habits. Jenny was raised as a Roman Catholic and shares a variety of stories concerning her relationship with the church. Jenny was only six years old when she decided she preferred going to church without underwear. What ensues is a laugh out loud moment. Ms. McCarthy must have given many a nun gray hair with her constant questions. Jenny found it difficult to accept things at face value; she wanted to know why and how. Her elementary education was funny but her college life was hilarious. I’m still trying to figure out how she was not arrested for the illegal parking passes. Through all of her antics, her heart is good. She wanted to pay off her parents' bills and take care of them.

    I really enjoyed the anecdotes in Bad Habits. Jenny McCarthy is a great story teller. While most of this book is funny, there are also parts that show Jenny’s maturity and loving nature. When Pickles, the dog, became ill and Jenny takes it to the vet to put her down, I was saddened. My heart was warmed when she sang Christmas carols to gather enough money to buy a Christmas present for her parents. Jenny McCarthy is a very talented person. She writes in a conversational style. I truly felt as if I was sitting across from her as she recounted tales from her life. My copy of Bad Habits is an audio book; it is read by Jenny McCarthy herself. She actually sounds as if she is telling the tales rather than reading them. Kudos, Ms. McCarthy, I love your book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    loved it!

    This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read.

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