Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
An Autobiography

80%

12 Critic Reviews

Throughout this book Mr. Lowe emerges as a canny observer of both himself and others, and as someone whose instincts have grown increasingly sharp over time.
-NY Times

Synopsis

A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

 

About Rob Lowe

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Rob Lowe is a film and television actor and producer. He also is involved in politics. He lives with his wife and two sons in California.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 03 2011

Lowe presents a well-modulated actor’s memoir...Lowe writes, “I…genuinely like people.” His memoir will make readers believe him—and like him back.

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NY Times

Good
on Apr 20 2011

Throughout this book Mr. Lowe emerges as a canny observer of both himself and others, and as someone whose instincts have grown increasingly sharp over time.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 04 2011

...a keen and insightful look at how the movie industry packages a celebrity, the phenomenon of "objectification," and being "The Next Big Thing."

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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 25 2011

Lowe...looks back and not only fully embraces his place in the Pack but also provides some entertaining and often titillating tales of his life and loves during the ’80s.

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Washington Times

Excellent
on Jul 22 2011

This is a generous-spirited book and a pleasure to read. Stargazers will be enchanted...

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AV Club

Excellent
on May 12 2011

As far as celebrity memoirs go, this is as good as it gets: all relevant anecdotes, with minimal protestations of moral reformation.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Apr 13 2011

...affable and surprisingly smart, but often just a little too slick for his own good.

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Independent.ie

Good
on Jun 04 2011

... a breezy trip through 1980s pop culture, the pages crammed with anecdotes about his famous peers...

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Independent.ie

Good
on May 15 2011

...this is a charmingly indiscreet account of life behind the scenes in Hollywood and Lowe's wry, self-mocking tone is a nice counterbalance to his lantern- jawed handsomeness.

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USA Today

Below average
on Apr 23 2011

...Lowe was old enough to realize that fame can be rather empty. Kind of like a celebrity autobiography.

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TVNZ

Good
on Jun 08 2011

...there's more than enough fodder within these pages to keep even the most jaded of readers entertained.

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Decatur Daily

Excellent
on May 01 2011

Lowe’s memoir is a must-read for anyone who came of age in the ’80s and grew up with John Hughes, the brat pack and “The Outsiders.”

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