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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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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.
“What shines through in these personal reflections is Pressly’s unexpected gift for narration and her unaffected, determined heart.” (Booklist)
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I am about halfway through this book, and I admit it is a good book but don't get it if you think it's a comedy. It really isn't. Jaime is very intelligent and shows it with her use of language. I relate to a lot of the stories because I am also from a small town. It's a good read, but don't grab it if you think it's a comedy.
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. And hardly anything is said at all about working on "My Name is Earl" except how she passed the audition. In fact, she writes just about zero about any movies or TV shows she made.
Several years ago, there was a long article in The New Yorker about struggling to make it in Hollywood which was mostly about Pressly, and I learned more about her and what it's like to be at the fringes, only getting nibbles, never quite getting that big break, from that article than I learned from this whole book.
Can't recommend it. But if her son ever has a daughter, she might be interested in reading it. Another GLARING OMISSION: No photos at all! Except for the book jacket, there's nothing! This book was really published on the cheap.
I enjoyed the book, and wish Jaime would write more books.