Synopses & Reviews
Actor, producer, and andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling author Rob Lowe offers up a collection of personal stories in an honest and celebratory memoir about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and son, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Actor Rob Lowe is an entertaining raconteur whose bestselling first book, andlt;Iandgt;Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiographyandlt;/Iandgt;, was hailed as and#8220;self-deprecatingly funnyand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt;) and and#8220;thoroughly entertainingand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;Timeandlt;/Iandgt;) and earned the author the cover of andlt;Iandgt;Vanity Fairandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;Iandgt;Love Life andlt;/Iandgt;serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Loweand#8217;s life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Among the many adventures Lowe describes in andlt;Iandgt;Love Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; are what itand#8217;s like in the trenches as both the star and producer of a flop TV show; how a visit, as a twenty year old, to Hugh Hefnerand#8217;s Playboy Mansion led to a surprise in the hot tub; how an actor prepares for a role, as well as the practical, boots-on-the-ground details no drama or film school would andlt;Iandgt;ever andlt;/Iandgt;teach you. Youand#8217;ll delight at the hilarious account of the time a major movie star stole his girlfriend, and of coaching a kidand#8217;s basketball team dominated by omnipresent helicopter parents. The story of coming to terms with his sonand#8217;s departure to college for the education his father never got will touch anyone with a family.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Building on andlt;Iandgt;Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Love Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; is the literary equivalent of returning to a favorite restaurant to savor a completely different, delicious new dish. If you love life, youand#8217;ll love this book.
"Actor Rob Lowe's (Stories I Only Tell My Friends) second memoir deals largely in his more recent past, using the personal essay as a form to reflect on a variety of topics most, notably his television work and life as a husband and father. He provides insight into his acting process, how he held his own in a scene with Dame Maggie Smith, captured the essence of JFK for Killing Kennedy and conceived the character he played in Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra. He also breaks down some of his post-West Wing failures like NBC's The Lyon's Den plagued by production, writing, and actress problems and CBS's Dr. Vegas, where Lowe found himself ruing his insistence on casting troubled actor Tom Sizemore. When he does travel back to earlier years he seems less invested, but paints a vivid picture of 1970's Malibu, 'a bastion of laissez-faire, self-centered, malignant disregard,' recalls a visit to the Playboy Mansion at age 19, and being on set for Alec Baldwin's classic speech in Glengarry Glen Ross, 'one of the largest beat-downs an actor has ever delivered.' On parenting, Lowe shares several amusing anecdotes, the best of which involves a camping trip and a Bigfoot costume, and he reflects on the mix of pride and sadness of sending his son off to college. Lowe's second effort is an interesting insider's perspective on what works in Hollywood and what seems to be irredeemably broken and his advice on life and relationships is well-conceived and intelligent. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Actor, producer, and andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling author Rob Lowe offers up a collection of personal stories in an honest and celebratory memoir about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and son, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Rob Low is back with stories he only tells his best friends.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;When Rob Loweand#8217;s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in andlt;iandgt;Love Lifeandlt;/iandgt;, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;iandgt;Love Lifeandlt;/iandgt;, you will find stories about:andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -Kissing unexpectedlyandlt;BRandgt; -The secrets they don't teach you in acting schoolandlt;BRandgt; -His great-great-great-great-great grandfather's role in the American Revolutionandlt;BRandgt; -andlt;iandgt;Parks and Recreationandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Behind the Candelabraandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Californicationandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; -Trying to coach a kids' basketball team dominated by helicopter parentsandlt;BRandgt; -The hot tub at the Playboy mansionandlt;BRandgt; -Starring in and producting a flop TV seriesandlt;BRandgt; -Camping at Sea Worldandlt;BRandgt; -Playing saxophone for President Bill Clintonandlt;BRandgt; -The first journey to college with his sonandlt;BRandgt; -Warren Beattyandlt;BRandgt; -The benefits of marriageandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Throughout this entertaining book, you will find yourself in the presence of a master raconteur, a multi-talented performer whose love for life is as intriguing as his love life.
About the Author
Rob Loweandlt;bandgt; andlt;/bandgt;is a film, television, and theater actor; a producer; and an entrepreneur. He is also involved in politics and is the author of andlt;i andgt;Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiographyandlt;/iandgt;. He lives in Los Angeles.andlt;bandgt;andlt;/bandgt;