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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Book Description William Morrow, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. A D V A N C E R E A D E R' S Edition. William Morrow 2009 A D V A N C E R E A D E R' S Edition New/ SOFTCOVER. Prerelease version. ReviewThe actress best known for her portrayal of outrageous, uncouth Joy on My Name Is Earl, revisits her bucolic North Carolina childhood and her quest to become a professional model and actress.Pressly copiously details the idiosyncrasies of her large, boisterous clan, a tight-knit collection of big personalities that includes a critical, charismatic grandmother, a courageous gay uncle and a disappointed mother, a would-be dancer resigned to her role as a small-town dance instructor and family woman. In graceful, articulate prose, the author portrays this quintessentially Southern brood with clear-eyed affection and understanding, but she lacks the chops to bring her relatives to life as compelling characters. Instead, she delivers anecdotes, family lore and a plethora of "colorful" Southern idioms, all in the service of trite life lessons and sentimental reveries. Reading them is like sitting through a garrulous stranger's vacation slides; she had a great time, but the experience doesn't translate. Pressly left her insular world as a teenager to pursue modeling and acting in Los Angeles, where she fell out with her mother, adopted the family of her best friend, got romantically involved with a gang member and found success in her chosen field after a bit of faltering. None of this is the stuff of high drama, and the author's easy, wry style further lowers the tension. Pressly seems reluctant to address her status as a sex symbol or her presumably amusing and/or disturbing experiences in the disreputable exploitation vehicles that established her celebrity. She says that she wrote this memoir for her baby son to teach him about his roots. It's a sweet sentiment, but it leaves the general reader with the bland, white-washed history of a minor celebrity.Earnest and heartfelt, but egregiously inessential and dull. (Kirkus Reviews) Product DescriptionAt times hilarious, at times harrowing - this is a memoir of a girl from the small Southern town of Kinston, North Carolina and later Southern California, who makes her dream - to be an Emmy Winning actress, model, and mother come true. Chapters focus on Jaime's relation with the extremely colorful members of her family, her growing understanding of how their lives have been impacted by the forces of prejudice, power, privilege, love, loss, longing and, more specifically, how the lessons she learns from the choices they've made shape and inform her journey toward her re-creation of self and attainment of success. Jaime tells a story that many people can relate to and draw inspiration from. She was a small town girl from humble beginnings who never gave up the pursuit of her dreams. Filled with humor, wisdom and a unique voice all her own this will reach out to millions of woman, particularly mothers of all ages, seeking a truly inspiring story. Bookseller Inventory # 251304

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