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Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

Stories I Only Tell My Friends An Autobiography A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye A teen idol at an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at and one of H

  • Title: Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography
  • Author: Rob Lowe
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye 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, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio who was uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid 70sA wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye 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, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio who was uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid 70s 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 80s, 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 25 years These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable 2011 Holt P 2011 Macmillan Audio

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    1. Sarah Wilsman on said:

      Okay, I have to say that I met Rob in Arizona in the early 90'sd I was very surprised then at how charming, self-deprecating and intelligent he wasd, yes, beautifulThis memoir reveals all of that, although thanks to SNL and West Wing, his wit and intelligence have already been revealed. The best review that I read of this book said that it was a love letter to his wifed it is. He has matured and I very much enjoyed his look back at the journey thus far.I also listened to the audio, which is basi [...]

    2. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      مجموعه ای داستان ها، خاطرات و یادبود هاست که شامل رشد کردن، بزرگ شدن، معروف شدن و درنهایت رسیدن به چیزی که همیشه در زندگی میخواست، شدن. داستانهای جذابن اما بعضی هاشون واقعا تلخ ان. نکته جالبش توصیف مراحل آشنایی و رفتارش با سلبرتی هایی بود که باهاشون آشنا میشد. ابتدا تمام مشخصا [...]

    3. Kat on said:

      If there's one thing I dislike about celebrity autobiographies, it's the amount of affectation and pretension that exist within the pages. While Rob Lowe's memoir certainly contains a lot of name dropping, I couldn't really hold that against him — after all, if you're telling the story of how you worked your way up in Hollywood, it'd be hard not to mention the names of other famous people you met along the way.I haven't seen much of Lowe's work. I've probably seen two or three of his movies, a [...]

    4. Tracy on said:

      Just brought this one home yesterday. Yes, I have 4 papers due Monday. Yes, I have a full-time job and two children with many end-of-year activities. But I also have a weakness for celebrity biographies - the trashier the better - and come on. It's ROB LOWE. I'm thinking he's got some stories to tell. Plus, the back cover photo iswellspiring. Pure eye candy and the reading is pure mind candy. Awesome.Well, I'm finished. Rob, what can I say? You dishedrt of. Although the celebrity stories were fu [...]

    5. Emily on said:

      Before I read this book, this was my entire conception of Rob Lowe:so I was definitely surprised to run across an excerpt of this book in Vanity Fair and realize that Rob Lowe used to be a bona fide star in the 80s. WHAT.This book is downright hilarious for any number of reasons, but it is also surprisingly fun to read. The section on the making of Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders takes up about 1/4 of the book, and it's absolutely fascinating. If you aren't interested in reading this whole [...]

    6. Kelli on said:

      Color me surprised! This autobiography kept my attention and brought me to the edge of tears on at least three occasions. There was an air of nostalgia to it with talk of growing up in the seventies and so many eighties movies I had long since forgotten about, but it was also genuinely interesting and surprisingly well-written. Rob Lowe, an actor worth $30 million, comes across as humble, hardworking, grateful, and relatable small feat. He eluded to his big videotape scandal a few times without [...]

    7. Diane on said:

      This was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I generally avoid celebrity memoirs, but I saw a nice excerpt from Rob Lowe's latest one, "Love Life," about how emotional he was when his son went away to college, and decided to give his first autobiography a chance.I am a child of the 80s, so I grew up with Lowe's movies and those of the so-called Brat Pack. The Outsiders was popular when I was a kid, ("Stay gold, Ponyboy") and I also loved St. Elmo's Fire and About Last Night. Lowe's book had good behi [...]

    8. Kaliki on said:

      I really gained a lot of respect for Rob Lowe through reading this book. He's genuine, honest, he talks openly about his talents, his escapades, his addictions, and his insecurities. I listened to the audio version, read in his own voice and I feel like that made it more personal. I listened to it at the same time as I was reading Patrick Swayze's The Time of My Life and while I enjoyed that one also, it wasn't nearly the read that this one is. I did however, enjoy the parallels between their tw [...]

    9. Twobusy on said:

      Um yeah. So I read the Rob Lowe autobiography.Why? Perfectly fair question. The answer lies in the fact that Vanity Fair ran a long excerpt from it a month or two ago, featuring the segment where Lowe talks about his experiences auditioning for and then appearing in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders. And when I read it, I was surprised to find it was good. Really, really good. Well-executed, thoughtful, and offering tremendous insight not only into what was going through Lowe's head at the ti [...]

    10. Ashley Brooks on said:

      I often forget how old Rob Lowe is, and subsequently how popular he was in the 80's. I listened to this on audio, which I highly recommend, and found it really enjoyable. Apparently Tom Cruise has always been a bit of a weirdo, no surprise there.

    11. Shannon on said:

      A fun, quick read. Great stories with cameos by Cary Grant, Dick Wolf, Demi Moore. Lots of time spent on the making of the Outsidersbut breezes through the West Wing and stops there. Where's the dirt on Sally Field and Calista Flockhart and the week-after-henious week of bizarre plots on Brothers & Sisters, which drove him into a persistent vegetative state, which sounded like a good deal if it meant getting off that show?! Lyon's Den, anyone? One item of note: you'll perhaps be unsurprised [...]

    12. Julia Reed on said:

      Bought this on a whim and really ended up enjoying it. Lowe is funny, witty, and at times even eloquent (mostly when he talks about lessons learned from fatherhood, or being a recovering alcoholic). You can tell why he called this "Stories I only tell my friends," since much of the book is: "One day, I was walking down the street, and I met this girl, and she was really pretty, and really nice, and she told me she was into acting, and I said I was too. Oh and by the way, she was [insert famous n [...]

    13. Kayla on said:

      Rob Lowe's life sounds so insanely cool that it's hard to believe it all actually happened to one man. I mean, before I even reached chapter ten he'd already befriended the Sheens and Penns, been on the set of Star Wars and seen the taping of The Muppet Movie. Then he goes on to make some of the greatest films of all time, receive random gifts from Bill Murray and got to work for Aaron Sorkin (genius). If it weren't for the acoholism and numerous deaths of family and friends, it'd be a perfect r [...]

    14. Trudi on said:

      I don't read celebrity gossip rags or keep track of who's marrying / divorcing / screwing who at any given time (not that there's anything wrong with that people!). I definitely didn't pick up this memoir of one of Hollywood's all-time pretty boys hoping for a salacious tell-all about who wears women's underwear or who includes small animals in their sex play. So why the hell did I pick up this book? Several reasons top the list: 1) Reviews promised it offers a poignant, self-deprecating coming- [...]

    15. Linda on said:

      Rob Lowe was a heart throb of my generation, though he wasn't my heart throb. Emilio was my brat pack crush. Which may be why I procrastinated on listening to this highly rated memoir.Rob Lowe tells a great story, and I'm so happy to be among his friends that he shares with. I was captivated with his unfolding of his youth, including the details of casting, shooting and immediate stardom of The Outsiders. He affectionately describes his friendships and his mentors. The book is beautifully paced, [...]

    16. Joanna Silverstein on said:

      I got this book as a get well present from a friend (thanks, Jan!), and it was a decent mindless read. I only rated it ok beucase he doens't dish any dirt, whcih is what I hope for in a celeb authobiography. The way he writes it, everyone he's ever dealt with was wonderful, every movie another experience for him to grow and make BFFs (when all I want to hear is stories like "I once did PCP with Charlie Sheen and we ended up eating his cat").

    17. Vaishali on said:

      Not just a beautiful face. A soulful tour through a humble childhood, high school with Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn and the constant threat of auditioning against a young, assassin-like Tom Cruise. Get the audiobook for Rob's celebrity impressions!Cool Excerpts :------------------"I wanna see the spaceship," I say. "It's right over there," he says, pointing to another corner of the warehouse. "It's called the Millenium Falcon."---In history class I bond with a hilarious, madrigal-singing maniac c [...]

    18. Holly on said:

      I don't believe there were many straight girls or gay boys who did not have a crush on Rob Lowe in the 1980s. That said, his career has had its major ups and downs and who didn't cringe when he hosted the Oscars? But as he tells his life story thus far, you start to get to know the "man behind the mask" so to speak. I found Lowe an intelligent, sensitive and quite eloquent man and he really has a great story to tell. I heard of his childhood and all the pain and laughter that entailed, his rise [...]

    19. Misty on said:

      I really enjoyed the audiobook read by Rob Lowe. Listening to this on a long car ride, the first two-thirds of the book was a fun guessing game of which celebrity Lowe was referring to in his story! Lowe also does great impressions of the celebrities he discusses. Rob Lowe has definitely lived a #blessed life - his family moving to Malibu when he was young, introduced him to some of the great actors of his time and gave him lots of opportunity. It is really amazing that he turned his life around [...]

    20. Sue Arnold on said:

      I have been eyeballing this book ever since it came out; I was one of the many teenagers of my generation who had a wild crush on Rob Lowe after St. Elmo's Fire came out. And I loved him in The West Wing. But, I thought his book would be like many celebrity autobiographies and held back from buying it. Plus, I must admit, I was a little embarrassed if people were to find out I was reading it. Well, I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I also bought the audible book (highly recomm [...]

    21. Grumpus on said:

      I loved this book read by the author. I have had it in my library for a long time after getting it for free from Audible. Rob Lowe is about my age, so we essentially grew up together. Granted his life is waaay cooler.Anyway, I was reluctant to give my time to this book because I thought it would be another privileged, Hollywood narcissist rambling on about how entitled they are and just because someone gives them words to say in their work, we should be lectured to about the world’s ills—as [...]

    22. Bean on said:

      What just fell on my head? Oh - the ten thousand names that Rob Lowe drops in this book. I enjoyed this and found the writing to be surprisingly good, but the first 150 pages or so definitely exhausted me with all of the random celebrity sightings that he included. Yes, it was cool to hear about Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise as kids, but c'mon. LeVar Burton? A ten second meeting with Janet Jackson? I liked it better when he focused on his own career. Overall, this was engaging, interesting, and [...]

    23. maria helena on said:

      Very interesting read. I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook version narrated by Lowe himself.

    24. Andrew Hicks on said:

      Lately, l’ve read memoirs from an interesting hodge-podge of celebrities, most of them men of medium talent. We’re talking Jim Breuer, Steve Guttenberg, Jason Priestley, Pat O’Brien, Bob Saget and Corey Feldman. The best of the batch so far has been Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Lowe seems the most in touch with his own natural personality and the greater scheme of the world around him. While no doubt there was some selective editing, the stories in this narrative aren’t c [...]

    25. Stephanie on said:

      This is the first celebrity memoir that I've read that isn't some sort of juicy tell all about all the people the celebrity has slept with and all the drunken parties and drug binges the author part took in with other celebrities.I will not lie. I first picked up this book because I love Rob Lowe. No, really, I love himre, I don't know him, but there is some deep love. I realize, now after finishing this book, that the reason I love him is the fact that even though he's 12 years older than me an [...]

    26. Miss Kim on said:

      In the mid 80’s, I had a poster of Rob Lowe in my room for a few years when I was a teen. He was dressed in a white suit, but shirtless, leaning against the wall. His eyes would follow you. Wow, I sure loved that poster…A good third of this book is about filming the movie “Outsiders”. In 8th grade, this was required reading for me. (My son is currently assigned reading it 8th grade as well). Lowe was only 17, and it was his first movie. Honestly when someone brings up that movie, Rob Low [...]

    27. Robin on said:

      I "read" this in audio format and was glad I did as Rob does a good job of narrating his own stories. He comes across as honest, intelligent, and had many good stories about his relationships with the rich and famous (one of my favorite stories was when he visisted a low-budget movie set with really cheesey props for the movie that turned out to be Star Wars), plus for a guy who really isn't known for comedic impressions does good voices of people in his life (Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Christo [...]

    28. Shelli on said:

      Great. I loved it! I have always enjoyed Rob Lowe as an actor.d yes a heartthrob! If he is in it, I want to see it.ill to this day. I just watched the pilot of his new show "The Grinder." I enjoyed it. I listened to the audio of this and I loved hearing Rob tell his story in his own voice. He is an excellent narrator. I didn't really need anything to make me like him as an actor, but now I like and respect him as a person. Very much. He has a wonderful outlook and he writes with honestly about t [...]

    29. Riv on said:

      Eye candy and brain candy :)Do all celebrities know EVERYONE? This guy met Liza Minelli when he was a kid and just kept on going he drops names like sunflower seed shells. However, he totally glossed over his sex-tape scandal, as if it left his personal life and career completely unscathed, which I guess is the prerogative of any autobiographer; I'll have to read the unauthorized biography for the real story.Of course, he makes himself sound like a really nice guy, which is the image everyone wa [...]

    30. Book Haunt on said:

      Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe I listened to the audio book and highly recommend that anyone interested in this book go with the audio edition as Rob is the narrator. Rob narrates his book with much humor and heartfelt insight as well as some great spot-on impressions of those featured in his stories.  And some interesting stories he has!  I  was pleasantly surprised and you will be too.

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