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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jenny McCarthy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois

-- Jenny McCarthy on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, DeCapo Press, 2005
  • Love, Lust, and Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance, Harper, 2010
  • Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood, Plume, 2006
  • Life Laughs: The Naked Truth About Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On, Plume, 2007
  • Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, Dutton, 2009
  • Louder Than Words: A Mother's Guide to Healing Autism, Dutton, 2007
  • Bad Habits, Hyperion, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Belly laughs :
ISBN: 0738210072. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Lifelong,. Cambridge, MA :. 2004.

McCarthy, 1994 Playmate of the Year, and former MTV host, gave birth to her first child in 2002. Her pregnancy wasn't pretty- and she wants to tell readers all about it.

Love, lust & faking it :
ISBN: 0062012983. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2010.

Inveterate truth teller McCarthy providesa funny, often poignant, and no-holds-barred look at the essence of relationships: love and sex. Jenny explores the intensity of first love, introducing us to Tony, the boy of her teenage dreams, and Tubby, her dirty, sexy stuffed teddy bear. She takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world of aphrodisiacs and fetishes, explains the importance of playing doctor and other nice and naughty fantasies, and gives thanks for the pleasures of chocolate. And she sets the story straight on STDs, man junk and lady bits, why we really cheat, why women are master manipulators, the virtues of sex with the lights off, the power of a "loving no," the satisfaction of the perfect booty call, and much more. Throughout, Jenny reminds us to aim higher, believe in true love, and, most of all, be kind to ourselves.--From publisher description.

Baby laughs :
ISBN: 0452287197. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. 2006, ©2005.

New mothers and fathers will find much-needed relief and insight in this sometimes touching, sometimes gritty, but always perceptive and outrageously funny account of what it truly means to have your very own small bundle of joy.--publisher description.

Life laughs :
ISBN: 0452288290. OCLC Number:

A Plume Book,. New York :. 2007.

Jenny McCarthy speaks candidly about the challenges and the humor to be found in balancing motherhood and the ups and downs of marriage. McCarthy's honesty has made her a bestseller. Here, she 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 takes on growing older, finances, PMS, sex, dating ... again, and mommyhood.--From publisher description.

Healing and preventing autism :
ISBN: 0525951032. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2009.

In her bestsellers "Louder Than Words" and "Mother Warriors," McCarthy told stories about healing children with autism. Now she teams up with a preeminent autism doctor to write the first book on a remarkably effective new treatment in healing conditions associated with autism.

Louder than words :
ISBN: 0525950117. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2007.

Known for her extreme honesty in her previous books about the everyday trials of pregnancy, motherhood, marriage, and divorce, actress McCarthy has developed a national fan base that has taken her to the bestseller lists; but few have known that her son, Evan, has autism. Here, she takes this revelation to parents across the country, starting a dialogue on this complex condition. Writing with raw humor and honesty, McCarthy shares her son's symptoms and her attempts to sort through the maze of conflicting medical theories, shedding much-needed light on autism through her own heartbreak, struggle, and ultimately hopeful example of how a parent can shape her child's life and happiness.--From publisher description.

Bad habits :
ISBN: 1401324657. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2012.

The actress and comedian recounts her Catholic upbringing and her journey from aspiring nun at an all-girls school to bestselling author and talk show host, and offers her personal reflections on faith.

Speaking Engagements

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