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.
Pressly's book was written to inform her unborn son "who I was before you, so you can appreciate the woman I've become because of you." In folksy, clich d writing ("sometimes you find that what looks to be a curse is actually a bona fide blessing"), Pressly shares anecdotes about her family and girlhood friends in her small North Carolina town. Once Pressly (who stars in the TV sitcom My Name Is Earl) leaves for Southern California to pursue modeling, she also loses the narrative thread to the story that is perhaps the most interesting that of her troubled relationship with her mother. Eventually, Pressly moves in with her best friend's family and later begins a romance with a gang member. The details of her career as model and actress are devoid of any insights into those fields, and once she lands a manager, that part of her story grinds to a halt (there's little about her TV role that earned her an Emmy). While her son, Dezi, will surely appreciate her book someday, others will find little of real substance.