Friday, August 10, 2012

Book Club Friday: Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

Happy Friday, y'all!!  Is it just me or has this week flown by??  I guess it's because I had a short week at work.  But yay for the weekend!

Last week, I finished Rob Lowe's memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

GoodReads synopsis: 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.

My thoughts:   If you're friends with me on GoodReads or follow me on twitter, you probably saw me raving about this book.  I loved it and couldn't put it down.  My only complaint is that he shied away from really dealing with the dark stuff (his alcoholism, the sex tape scandal that almost derailed his career, the West Wing contract controversy).  These things were mentioned and some were discussed, but he still spun it like it was all rainbows and unicorns-- no big deal.  Otherwise, this was a fantastic memoir.  He really has a great story and met some incredible people (in sometimes weird ways) along the way.  I highly recommend it!


  1. I love Rob Lowe! I'll check this out.

  2. Might have to check this out!

  3. I've got to read this. I love biographies and really enjoyed him on...shoot, I forgot the name of the show. It had Sally Field and Calista Flockhart in it--he was running for president....ahhh! Anyway, sounds like a great book!

    I'm your newest follower---I am a lawyer too and am excited to follow along!


  4. Sounds like it was a winner. I'm reading Bossypants by Tina's pretty funny if you're looking for a book to read! If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest posts!

  5. I've heard great things about his memoir and think I'd really enjoy it too!