It's Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger Than the Town You're From

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America knows Jaime Pressly as Joy Turner, the feisty cheatin' ex-wife of Earl Hickey on the NBC hit show My Name Is Earl. Like her character, the Emmy Award-winning actress is, at heart, a smart, vibrant, small-town Southern girl. In this humorous and honest book, she recalls her journey from Kinston, North Carolina, to Hollywood, California, to motherhood, and the fortitude it took to make her dreams come true, including separating from her troubled past, overcoming her own bad choices, and dealing with success when it finally came her way.

Pressly speaks openly of her extremely colorful family and of her growing understanding of how their lives have been shaped by larger forces, including prejudice, power, privilege, love, loss, and longing. She shares how the lessons she learned from their lives impacted her own journey and helped her succeed where so many others have failed.

Inspiring, heart-wrenching, and laugh-out-loud funny, It's Not Necessarily Not the Truth offers a slice of American life sure to touch the hearts of readers everywhere.

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Jaime Pressly is an Emmy Award-winning actress. She currently plays the popular character Joy on the Thursday night NBC comedy hit My Name Is Earl.

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Actors’ autobiographies usually trace their evolution as professional performers, recording all the dues paid before that first big break and re-creating the rush of success. Pressly has another goal. Written while pregnant with her first child, son Dezi James, her memoir offers an enriching account of her life—intended for her son to read—that traces her evolution as a person, with stories both glorious and haunting about her family and its times in the small southern town of Kinston, North Carolina. But that’s not all. Pressly never held any illusions that her daydreams of being a model and movie star were achievable if she remained in tiny Kinston. Early success as a teen model powered her decision to leave behind the safe shade of a beloved neighborhood magnolia tree and move to Hollywood, where she ended up negotiating the gang-patrolled hallways of Costa Mesa High School outside of Los Angeles. What shines through in these personal reflections is Pressly’s unexpected gift for narration and her unaffected, determined heart.

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