Terry Garrity

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Joan Theresa Garrity (born c. 1940), is an American author, best known as the author of The Sensuous Woman.

She was raised in Lee's Summit, Missouri[1] and she studied at Palm Beach Junior College in Florida. She worked on the staff of publisher Lyle Stuart and published a book about shopping in New York.

In 1969 she published, under the pseudonym of "J.", The Sensuous Woman, subtitled "the first how-to book for the female who yearns to be all woman". It was also published as The Way to Become the Sensuous Woman. The book spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and nearly a year on the list overall.[2] In later editions, she used the name Terry Garrity. A spoken-word record album was made in 1969, based on the book, called J – The Way To Become A Sensuous Woman.[3][4]

In 1977, she published Total Loving: how to love and be loved for the rest of your life, and in 1984, Story of "J": the author of The Sensuous Woman tells the bitter price of her crazy success, with her brother John Garrity as co-author. In this book she and her brother discuss how she coped with bipolar disorder.[5]


  1. ^ Kansas City, MO Library bio
  2. ^ John Bear, The No. 1 New York Times Best Seller: intriguing facts about the 484 books that have been #1 New York Times bestsellers since the first list, 50 years ago, Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1992
  3. ^ Voxpop, "J – The Way To Become A Sensuous Woman" (LP)
  4. ^ Hyp Records, "The Amorous Arts"
  5. ^ John Garrity, "Teeing Off: The Wrong Diagnosis? Sports Illustrated/CNN, September 2, 1998

Further reading[edit]

  • Bill Althaus, "Putting 'J' behind Her: For Terry Garrity, Success Was Almost Fatal", Kansas City Magazine, October 1984