Stories I Only Tell My Friends

An Autobiography

Rob Lowe

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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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Chapter 1

I had always had an affinity for him, an admiration for his easy grace, his natural charisma, despite the fact that for the better part of a decade my then girlfriend kept a picture of him running shirtless through Central Park on her refrigerator door. Maybe my lack of jealousy toward this particular pin-up was tamped down by empathy for his loss of his father and an appreciation for how complicated it is to be the subject of curiosity and objectification from a very young age. That said, when my girlfriend and others would constantly swoon over him, when I would see him continually

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

"[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 show business survival. He looked like the callowest kid in the "Outsiders" crew. Now he looks like the sturdiest of them all"--The New York Times

"I really enjoyed it...Thoroughly entertaining: the Brat Pack years, the Wayne's World years, the Alcoholic Obscurity, the Glamorous Romances (Princess Stephanie of Monaco!), the Inevitable Rehab, and the Triumphant Comeback on The West Wing."--Time Magazine

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

"A fresh pop-culture history of Hollywood in the ’70s and ’80s from the point of view of the man who lived it…[Lowe] is as funny as he is thoughtful. This is the best type of celeb memoir, because its author is as interested in the world as the world is interested in him."--People Magazine

"The world would be a better place if more stars’ memoirs were like Lowe’s--chatty, dishy, and with celebrity walk-ons (Tom Cruise! Sarah Jessica Parker! Princess Stephanie of Monaco! Martin Sheen!) galore. As entertaining as a Brat Pack film festival."--Parade


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About the Author

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe is a film, television, and theater actor, a producer, and an entrepreneur. He also is involved in politics. He lives with his wife and two sons in California.

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Stories I Only Tell My Friends
An Autobiography
Rob Lowe

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250008855
ISBN10: 1250008859
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Plus 1 sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert
$14.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
April 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427212276
ISBN10: 1427212279
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$29.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
April 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427212283
ISBN10: 1427212287
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
April 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805093292
ISBN10: 080509329X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, 16-page 4-color insert
$26.00

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429996020
ISBN10: 1429996021
320 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color pictures
$9.99
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