Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe

61dAlLVm3yL__SL1000_ $14.99, 320 pages, Biography

A fantastic collection of stories told by one of America’s sweethearts of the screen.

Warning: Reading this book may have you re-living years past by renting Lowe’s movies and watching seasons of “West Wing”

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A selection of stories from Rob Lowe that creatively and collectively present his life.  The vignettes are funny, real, heartbreaking and triggers for so many memories.  From bunking to Tom Cruise during rehearsals for “The Outsiders,” to posing on the final cover of George magazine for his role on “West Wing,” the reflection is filled with detail.   As a member of the infamous “Brat Pack,” Lowe was real when writing about his addictions, love interests and fight for valuable movie roles.

This book was a walk down memory lane.  I was impressed by Lowe’s writing skills and was drawn into his storytelling abilities.  I appreciated that Lowe did not “name names” in his memoir or drag people’s reputations through the mud.  He admitted his faults and struggles and claimed responsibility.  The way in which he nonchalantly wrote about acting, dating royalty and winning awards was refreshing.  I also appreciated his incredible love and devotion to his wife and two boys.

Appeal Factors: Conversational, Reflective, Nostalgic

Possible Read-alike Titles: Then Again by Diane Keaton, Bossypants by Tina Fey and Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield, according to (accessed March 5, 2013).

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Discussion Questions by another WordPress Blogger

A fan of Rob Lowe’s, I always wanted to read this book.  I saw Lowe in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and was really impressed with the interview.  I also noted several reviews of the book on Goodreads and all were quite favorable.

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