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Stories I Only Tell My Friends [Kindle Edition]

Rob Lowe
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

Teen idol at fifteen, 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.

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"A slick, seemingly confidential portrayal of a complex, charismatic actor"--The Times

"Engaging and revealing"--The Spectator

"Compelling"--Mariella Frostrup, The Observer

"Fascinating... thoughtful... compelling"--Heat

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

"I really enjoyed it...Thoroughly entertaining"--Time magazine

"[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 showbusiness survival"--The New York Times

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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2252 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593067258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593067253
  • ASIN: B0052Z0LXO
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and honest 23 May 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a well written and very interesting autobiography, which is also a thoughtful exploration of the pitfalls of early and rapid fame and the associated difficulties with staying grounded. The title of this book is appropriate because it often reads like a collection of entertaining stories, but it's pulled together so well that it never feels disjointed.

Rob Lowe emerges as a kind of Forrest Gump character, with connections to many famous people or events over the past thirty years. He gives JFK Jnr the encouragement that he needs to get married, visits the set of an eccentric movie that he thinks has promise (the first Star Wars), hangs out with Presidential candidates, even sits next to the 9/11 hijackers on their rehearsal flight.

The book is crammed with amusing anecdotes and recollections of a massive array of stars. Tom Cruise impresses Rob early with his robotic, intense but friendly personality. Bill Murray randomly invites him to hang out in his hotel room. Daryl Hannah shows up as a nineteen year old virgin who is saving herself for Jackson Browne (a man she has never met). John Belushi warns him to keep out of nightclubs. A youthful Charlie Sheen is a conspiracy-theory freak who sometimes wears a bulletproof vest under his clothes to school. There are even walk ons by Hollywood legends like Cary Grant - who plies Rob with aftershave - and Frank Sinatra.

Rob is selective with what he discloses and if you're looking for smutty revelations you will be largely disappointed. While he certainly doesn't hide the fact that he well and truly indulged in women, alcohol and drugs, nor does he spill any graphic details.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but more detail please...... 5 Sept. 2011
I read this book in around four days which is testament to its "grab" factor and prose style which is very engaging and light (a bit like Mr Lowe himself). He plays a walk on part in some of the lives of some of the most famous people on the planet at times (Cruise, Demi, the Sheens) during his rise to fame and fortune and yet we never really get to know what he thinks of any of them. He is almost 100% gracious and gallant with his stories (which are both fascinating and frustrating as he whizzes by them with a lack of detail) and thereby hangs the whole of his persona. Under that pretty boy exterior which he freely admits has hampered him in his career when it came to being taken seriously he is one of the hardest boiled business people I've ever read. He always his eye on the next big thing and ergo is careful not to burn bridges. it would have been nice to understand his friendship with the Sheens in more detail especially when Charlie (a wannabe baseball player) starts starring in mainstream Hollywood epics (glossed over) and Tom Cruise (a friend from before fame almost) becomes well, he becomes Tom Cruise. A lot of this book focuses on his single minded pursuit of his dreams and he ultimate frustration when his dream becomes his prison and leads him to alcoholism (no detail) and redemption through the love of his family (no real detail). He's witty and grandiose in his writing and the cryptic tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the book jacket ( a staunch Republican and political polar opposite of Lowe's unabashed Democrat) is again a frustrating reminder (no mention at all of Arnie in 300 pages) what this book could have been, it's excellent but could have been brilliant. I grew up wanting to be Rob Lowe. I still do, but nowhere near as much.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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If you have got as far as checking reviews for this book I assume you're something of a Rob Lowe fan and know much of the life story. So am I. I don't usually read autobiographies, as I tend to be disappointed that they don't live up to my (perhaps unreasonable!) expectations of that person. In this case, the book surpassed them.

As an 80s teen with the St Elmo's "sax poster" on my wall, I had a crush on Rob Lowe. On reading this book, I found myself feeling an echo of the same symptoms again(!), but for different reasons. His honest, highly intelligent, self-deprecating account of his life reads like it is written by a man who knows he has been exceptionally fortunate in many respects and values this and his family above all. I won't pull any spoilers, but will say that the book is a charmingly candid account of a sometimes difficult life and up-and-down career, and feels relatively free of the legal gagging you sometimes get a sense of in autobiographies.

At times, it reads like a roll-call of Hollywood's finest from the 80s but in an engaging rather than arrogant way. At others, there is stark honesty, for example about alcohol issues and dealing with fame and all its pros and cons at such a young age. If I have any criticism, it is that the most recent years of his life are given less focus and in some ways skimmed over (being in the UK I would like to have had more than a short paragraph on his stint here in theatre, perhaps), but that is relatively minor.

In short, it is a riveting read and highly recommended. And I can't help thinking there are a few more stories that couldn't be included that would be fascinating to hear...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for his fans.
I have to say what a pleasant surprise this was. Not being a fan of the man's movies as such, I was intrigued to see what he had to say. Read more
Published 5 days ago by keen reader
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Rob Lowe fan this is a good read on an amazing Hollywood...
Am watching West Wing after reading this . If you're a Rob Lowe fan this is a good read on an amazing Hollywood life.
Published 1 month ago by tori
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Read
Really enjoyed this book, the backstage film stories particularly. Interesting stuff about deals made and very little bitching, apart from being underpaid on West Wing
Published 1 month ago by Stuart Farmer
2.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING SPECIAL
Self absorbed...
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
One of the best books I have read! Highly recommend it. But it now - this minute. I mean it.
Published 2 months ago by Fiona Haigh
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing from start to finish
I've learned fed Rob Lowe since the age of 12. Now that I'm almost 40 I felt I was reminiscing along with him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cyn
3.0 out of 5 stars One for fans of Rob rather than fans of great biographies.
I think I fell for the hype on this one. As a fan of biographies and someone who grew up in the 80's I thought this would be interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gari
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i enjoy reading it
Published 6 months ago by Lyn Verrall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bit dissapointing
Published 6 months ago by Marjorie Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories I only tell my friends
Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Very interesting to hear what was happening behind the scenes. Definatly going to read his next book!
Published 6 months ago by nicola deacon
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