Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

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Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

by Rob Lowe

Henry Holt and Co. | April 26, 2011 | Hardcover

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.52 × 6.48 × 1.16 in

Published: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080509329X

ISBN - 13: 9780805093292

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Amazing! I never thought of Rob Lowe one way or the other really but after listening to his audio book, I'm a big fan. He's humble, funny, talented, entertaining and honest. With the sharing of each new story, I felt more and more like Rob really was a friend of mine. It was a sad day when the last CD played. His impersonations of all the famous people who have come in and out of his incredibly interesting, sometimes heartbreaking, life are fabulous! Well worth the purchase!
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A treat for the ears If you are going to read Rob Lowe's autobiography I highly recommend you splurge on the audio book version. While the title suggests some juicy never before heard stories about Mr. Lowe's life I didn't find it to be a reveletory account of his past exploits (to my knowledge of his life, he actually skims over a few of the more interesting aspects) but the stories he does choose to reveal are both funny and heartbreaking. What makes this autobiography stand out for me was the joy of listening to Rob read it aloud with spot on impressions of all the big name figures that have peopled his Hollywood career (Francis Ford Coppola, Bill Clinton, Christopher Walken, etc). It's when he breaks into these impressions that I feel I m being priviliged to the stories he only tells his friends.
Date published: 2014-06-16

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Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

by Rob Lowe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.52 × 6.48 × 1.16 in

Published: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080509329X

ISBN - 13: 9780805093292

About the Book

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

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Chapter 1 I had always had an affinity for him, an admiration for his easy grace, his natural charisma, despite the fact that for the better part of a decade my then girlfriend kept a picture of him running shirtless through Central Park on her refrigerator door. Maybe my lack of jealousy toward this particular pin-up was tamped down by empathy for his loss of his father and an appreciation for how complicated it is to be the subject of curiosity and objectification from a very young age. That said, when my girlfriend and others would constantly swoon over him, when I would see him continually splashed across the newspapers, resplendent like an American prince, I wasn''t above the occasional male thought of: Screw that guy. As a person navigating the waters of public scrutiny, you are often unable to hold on to personal heroes or villains. Inevitably you will meet your hero, and he may turn out to be less than impressive, while your villain turns out to be the coolest cat you''ve ever met. You never can tell, so you eventually learn to live without a rooting interest in the parade of stars, musicians, sports champions, and politicians. And you lose the ability to participate in the real American pastime: beating up on people you don''t like and glorifying people you do. I had not yet learned that truism when he and I first met. I was at a point where I was deeply unhappy with my personal life, increasingly frustrated about where my career seemed to be going—although fro
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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 the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"A lovely autobiography, equal parts dish and pathos."--Vanity Fair

"[Lowe] writes viscerally and insightfully...He looks back at the aberrant highs of his heart-throb days, the changing nature of stardom in Hollywood, the trade-off he has made between high life and home life, and the step-by-step effort behind his show business survival. He looked like the callowest kid in the "Outsiders" crew. Now he looks like the sturdiest of them all"--The New York Times

"I really enjoyed it...Thoroughly entertaining: the Brat Pack years, the Wayne''s World years, the Alcoholic Obscurity, the Glamorous Romances (Princess Stephanie of Monaco!), the Inevitable Rehab, and the Triumphant Comeback on The West Wing."--Time Magazine

"[Lowe''s] charming, honest, even affectionate memoir is the story of strong guts behind a strikingly handsome face...A book to recommend widely."--Booklist

"A fresh pop-culture history of Hollywood in the ’70s and ’80s from the point of view of the man who lived it…[Lowe] is as funny as he is thoughtful. This is the best type of celeb memoir, because its author is as interested in the world as the world is interested in him."--People Magazine

"The world would be a better place if more stars’ memoirs were like Lowe’s--chatty, dishy, and with celebrity walk-ons (Tom Cruise! Sarah Jessica Parker! Princess Stephanie of Monaco! Martin Sheen!) galore. As entertaining as a Brat Pack film festival."--Parade

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