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It's Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger Than the Town You're From Hardcover – March 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061454141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061454141
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“What shines through in these personal reflections is Pressly’s unexpected gift for narration and her unaffected, determined heart.” (Booklist)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda L. Rogers on April 22, 2009
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I am really enjoying reading this book. It is very well written, and gives a glimpse into the life of Jaime Pressly. The book tells how growing up in the south, and the people in her life shaped who she is. The book is an easy read, and very entertaining.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Q on May 15, 2009
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Let me say first that I am from Jaime's hometown of Kinston, NC so I read the book with that bias. I know the places she speaks of intimately, some of the people and - although I am 8 years older than Jaime and have never met her as far as I am aware - I attended all the same schools in Kinston that she did. While I haven't seen him in many years, I am acquainted with her older brother "Junior" (as she refers to him in the book). My friend Cheryl used to baby sit for Jaime. My nephew has waited on her at a local greasy spoon restaurant where Jaime sometimes eats when she returns to Kinston. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that there are multiple connections - the biggest being the town itself - and for those alone I was bound to enjoy Jaime's book. I found it engaging and insightful and it took me "back home" (both in place and time). Despite the critique of her book that follows, I found the book worth the read, certainly if you are a fan and especially if you've ever had the desire to break the ties that bind you in place for the sake of discovering something bigger.

The first time I saw Jaime was in a magazine - Playboy to be exact - and she was totally naked. The odd thing was that the magazine was owned by the mother of a friend of mine, the stuffy, pampered wife of a prominent local lawyer. The magazine was lying on the kitchen table prominently displayed. I had never heard of Jaime at that point so my friend's mother pointed out that she was a local girl who'd "made it big". She handed me the magazine and I flipped through it. "Wow", I said. "I don't know her, but I sure do wish I did". Still, I was not sure whether my friend's mother had obtained this magazine for the sake of pride, curiosity or for the promise of good gossip. I suspected the latter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Harrell on June 27, 2009
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The book is an easy read and is rather like sitting and listening to Jaime tell how her life unfolded to make her who she is today. I think I am most impressed with how comfortable she is with who she is and that choices she has made, right or wrong, either in her eyes or others are part of what we face everyday and that you use what you learn to grow and move on. I came away from the book, not only having "heard" an enjoyable story of her life but with the desire to be more honest with myself and focused on what I want my life to be and not what others think it should be. The advice is good ... dream bigger than the town you're from!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mariane Matera VINE VOICE on November 9, 2010
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Pressley wrote this book as a family history for her newborn son, so anyone who is not her child may find very little of interest, and I bet her own son won't be interested in it until he's 40 or so because it's going to be about family back in North Carolina that he never met since he's going to grow up in Los Angeles, the child of a minor celebrity.

Every Southern family has a story and a bunch of characters. I lived for awhile in Greenville, which is right to the east of Kinston, so this is familiar, and not particularly fascinating, territory. What is amazing is Pressly's odd string of luck. There are literally thousands and thousands of blond girls in the Carolinas who look identical to Jaime, yet when she sent her photos to various modeling agencies when she was a young teen, she actually got one response that put her on the cover of Teen magazine. Then when she decides she wants to move to California and try to be an actress and model before she's even 15, her mother leaves her father and moves her there! Wish that happened to me! Then when her mother and her mother's boyfriend want to kick her out so they can have their own life, she moves in with a girlfriend whose parents become like the best parents anyone would ever want! Then she gets an agent before she hardly even knows she needs one, and a lawyer, and an accountant. So it takes 15 years of modeling and secondary roles in little known movies and TV shows, but then she wins an Emmy!

Now, I only knew from reading someone else's review here that between the age 15 part and the Emmy, she did nude modeling, was in Playboy, and was very naked in a lot of movies. She leaves all that out, of course, because this book is for her son. She also leaves out all the boyfriends except the first and last ones.
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Jaime has a lovely writing voice, and it was fun (and sometimes sad) to read her stories from her youth and her North Carolina. This book allows you to see Jaime the human, rather than just Jaime the glamorous, gorgeous movie star. However, something about it felt incomplete, perhaps because it is written in a circular, story-telling fashion rather than a linear progression. It is also more about her family than about her, tho her stories did help you understand some of her motivations.

I enjoyed the book, and wish Jaime would write more books.
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