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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jenny McCarthy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois

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The author was raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In the early 1990's, McCarthy became a model for Playboy magazine that launched her career as an actress and television personality. Upon having a child with Autism, she became an activist for autism awareness. She now lives in the Los Angeles, California.


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Titles At Your Library

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
ISBN: 0738210072

Da Capo Lifelong Books. 2005

Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy! In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress and new mother Jenny McCarthy reveals the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or, indeed, has ever been born!

Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance
ISBN: 0062012983

Harper. 2010

"Even though this book is not as funny as mine, you should still buy it." —Chelsea Handler

New York Times bestselling author Jenny McCarthy turns on the lights for a bawdy and hilarious look at women and sex. Returning to her comic roots and the tell-all tone that readers loved in Baby Laughs and Belly Laughs, this exposé from the former Playboy Bunny, MTV star, and prime-time TV sensation is perfect for fans of Sarah Silverman's Bedwetter and Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Delivering the perfect mix of poignant insights, laugh-out-loud confessions, and spicy secrets, Love, Lust & Faking It will be an instant favorite…but it may find its way to your nightstand instead of your bookcase.

Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
ISBN: 0452287197

Plume. 2006

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Mothers and fathers will find much-needed relief and insight in this perceptive and outrageously funny account of what it truly means when you bring home your very own bundle of joy...

Jenny McCarthy’s hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In

Baby Laughs

she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers anf fathers face, including:

• The humiliations of postnatal “numbing spray,” Tucks medicated pads, and adult diapers

jelly belly, balding, and gum disease

and becoming a “five-foot puke rag” for the baby

Heart-stopping terrors, such as baby manicures, breathing checks, and burp failures

Inadequacies, such as lullaby illiteracy and the need for a “heavy rotation” of toys, videos, and mobiles

Daddy antics, such as infant wrestling, home-movie mania, sleeping like a log, and expecting sex

Dueling grandmas, germ-ridden guests, Olympic-class competitive mommies, anorexic pets
• And much more...

The joys of parenting are endless, but so are the worruies and the advice. Baby Laughs is the perfect companion for anyone trying to raise the next president, those just trying to get to the next naptime, and anyone who was ever in diapers.

Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
ISBN: 0452288290

Plume. 2007

Jenny McCarthy, New York Times bestselling author of Baby Laughs and Belly Laughs, speaks candidly about the challenges and the humor to be found in balancing motherhood and the ups and downs of marriage.

Jenny McCarthy’s honesty has made her a bestseller. In Life Laughs, Jenny opens up about all of the things no one told you before you got married and had kids. Of course there’s plenty of Jenny’s outrageous humor, but she also writes openly and for the first time about doing your best when marriage falters and about her own divorce, which made headlines when it was announced in the summer of 2005. Jenny doesn’t pretend to be an expert in her books

she is instead something more valuable—a good girlfriend. Catch Jenny’s take on growing older, finances, PMS, sex, dating . . . and again, mommyhood.

Jenny McCarthy is a trusted, brand-name, bestselling author, and Life Laughs is poised to be her biggest book yet.

Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide
ISBN: 0525951032

Dutton. 2009

The must-have New York Times bestseller that tells you what to do now for a child with autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and other disorders

For any child with challenges, early intervention is essential and parents need a plan that they can implement right away. Jenny McCarthy, one of the country's leading autism advocates, has teamed up with top autism specialist Jerry Kartzinel, M.D., to offer a prescriptive guide to the healing therapies and treatments that have turned the lives of so many children around. While autism cases have grown a whopping 6000 percent since the 1970s, the medical community is still waking up to the epidemic and parents need tools to begin healing their children and educating their doctors, instead of waiting six months to a year to get an appointment with a specialist. In this book, parents will learn about the following:

•The biomedical diet and supplement protocol

•Where to find alternative therapies and how to implement them

•A list of tests any doctor can perform

•Studies to show your doctor that will help make the case that they need to support your efforts

•Advice for preventing autism during pregnancy and the early years by looking at family history of allergies, depression, and autoimmune disorders as well as Mom's chemical exposure

Whether your child has autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, or an autism spectrum disorder, Healing and Preventing Autism is the authoritative reference book with the tools to heal your child.

Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
ISBN: 0525950117

Dutton. 2007

Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism

Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic
ISBN: 1401324657

Hyperion. 2012

Dearest Reader,

By now you might be wondering: Jenny McCarthy has more to say?! After six New York Times bestsellers, I've talked about pregnancy, autism, and motherhood. I hope you've enjoyed it. I hope it's made you laugh and cry and all those things that bestselling books about such topics are supposed to do.

But this book is about something entirely new--a subject that has pervaded my life since birth and confused the f*ck out of me for about the same time: Catholicism. As I enter into adulthood (play along, thanks), I think I may have finally figured out this faith thing. And what it means to me. But first, I had to reflect on my life. And my memoir, Bad Habits, is the fruit (not the Eve's apple kind) of that labor.

Bad Habits is my journey from aspiring nun at an all-girls Catholic school in the suburbs of Chicago, to Playmate of the Year, to autism awareness activist, to bestselling author, to host of my very own talk show... and all the Hail Marys in between. After reading this book, you'll know why you should wear underwear to church, why Jesus was my Justin Bieber, and why I had to give up giving shit up for Lent.

Bad Habits is also my personal examination of faith and how it turns out to surprise us at the most unexpected moments. It is a book of confessions about confession! I've tried to be brutally honest though it might read as more like embarrassingly entertaining, and I'm always outlandish so that's in here too

but truly, this book is sinfully hilarious (My publisher made me say that).

Bless you my children,
Jenny

Confessions About Jenny McCarthy

"Like spending an afternoon with your best friend"
--Susan Jane Gilman, NPR

"McCarthy brings you in and makes you laugh."
--Booklist

"McCarthy is undeniably crass but funny"
--Publishers Weekly

"Hilarious."
--Time Out New York

"...disarming, funny and so boundless..."
--Arizona Republic


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