Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

An Autobiography

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The 1980s Brat Pack founder presents an account of his life in show business and politics, tracing his counter-culture youth in Malibu, his work on such productions as "The Outsiders" and "The West Wing" and his pursuits of family and sobriety.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

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The 1980s Brat Pack founder presents an intimate account of his life in show business and politics, tracing his counter-culture youth in Malibu, his work on such productions as The Outsiders and The West Wing and his pursuits of family and sobriety. 300,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805093292
Branch Call Number: B LOWE
Characteristics: 308 p


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May 28, 2018

I'm about the same age as RL, so this was a fun one for me. I listened to the audiobook during daily walks and found myself taking our dog for an extra walk every evening just so I could listen more! Interesting stories about the hard work (and the perks) of being part of the "Brat Pack" -- told with intelligence, humor and humble self-perspective. Hearing RL's voice tell the stories is the perfect finishing touch.

ArapahoeHollyR Nov 02, 2016

Star-filled and surprisingly introspective memoirs from the star of the West Wing and 30 Rock. A behind-the-scenes look at Lowe's rise to stardom.

I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would, largely because of Lowe's candor and his great narrative style.


I'm waiting for this book to come in so that I can read it. I know he talks about The Outsiders in it, so I want to read what that experience was like. Most people only know what it was like for C. Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon.

Jul 28, 2014

Enjoyed this book more than some of his newer books. Very entertaining autobiography.

dgr Dec 11, 2012

This book begins with an interesting "montage"/meditation on celebrity and death and shows the ups and downs of a life in the spotlight. Rob Lowe is heartfelt and funny and seems to be writing a cautionary tale from the point of view of a parent and friend. I laughed out loud and learned a few things, too.

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 03, 2012


Fantastic, amazing..yeah. And he's a very good looking guy! ;P
But on a serious note, I teared up at some parts (last page in The Outsiders' chapters) and laughed at others. Overall, very well written and beautiful autobio.

Jul 30, 2012

I reccomend that you read this. I was very surprised with this book. Well written. Very interesting to read, I would think for all ages. I look forward to his next book, if he writes one.

Jun 12, 2012

A fun read: fast-paced, engaging--in other words, a good summer book. It's not *War and Peace* or an in-depth self-analysis (although there's some of that), but you do get a feel for the man and, likely, the brighter side of his development as a man and as an actor.

Apr 21, 2012

As far as autobiographies go, it was well written. I do agree he did "gloss over" some of the scandalous aspects of his career, but it was interesting to read all the connections associated with the brat pack.

Feb 23, 2012

A surprisingly good read. We think we know celebrities and celebrity culture but we don't. After reading this I can't understand why anyone would want to be an actor given the crap they have to go through.
Mr. Lowe has endured much pain and has lived through it and come out the better for himself.
Good on him!
Just wish he had not done so much name dropping!

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racing14 Apr 28, 2011

After more than 30 years in Hollywood, Rob Lowe is coming clean. From his days as a teen heartthrob to life on the set of The West Wing, Rob is holding nothing back in his can't-put-it-down autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

In this juicy page-turner, Rob shares revealing celebrity scoop, sexual escapades—with women like actress Melissa Gilbert and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco—and dark secrets. He even opens up about his recovery from alcohol addiction and the explosive sex tape scandal that sent him into hiding.

At age 47, Rob says he decided to sit down and write about his highs, his lows and his enduring love for the woman he says helped save his life. "One of the gifts of writing is you learn things," he says. "And I learned the real reason I'm writing this book now is because it's hopefully a handbook for my children to understand Dad."


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