Stories I Only Tell My Friends was a pleasant surprise: a genuinely moving and entertaining window into the life of the boy next door who became one of the superstars of Hollywood. In Love Life, Rob Lowe demonstrates just how he’s managed to have such staying power in a challenging industry. Simply, he’s consistently good! He somehow manages to be both dish-y and classy while dropping names like Madonna and Bill Clinton. He is charming and generous, understating his power at the helm of companies like Miramax or through politics. From his first trip to the Playboy Mansion to dropping of his son at college, we’re with him all the way. You have to wonder if Mr. Lowe will follow in the famous footsteps of Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has charisma and conscience and energy to spare.
— Sara, Atlanta
On the heels of his New York Times bestselling Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe is back with an entertaining collection that “invites readers into his world with easy charm and disarming frankness” (Kirkus Reviews).
After the incredible response to his acclaimed bestseller, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe was convinced to mine his experiences for even more stories. The result is Love Life, a memoir about men and women, actors and producers, art and commerce, fathers and sons, movies and TV, addiction and recovery, sex and love. Among the adventures he describes in these pages are:
· His visit, as a young man, to Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, where the naïve actor made a surprising discovery in the hot tub. · The time, as a boy growing up in Malibu, he discovered a vibrator belonging to his best friend’s mother. · What it’s like to be the star and producer of a flop TV show. · How an actor prepares, for Californification, Parks and Recreation, and numerous other roles. · His hilarious account of coaching a kid’s basketball team dominated by helicopter parents. · How his great, great, great, great, great grandfather may have inspired everything from his love of The West Wing to his taste in classic American architecture. · His first visit to college, with his son, who is going to receive the education his father never got. · The time a major movie star stole his girlfriend.
Linked by common themes and his philosophical perspective on love—and life—Lowe’s writing “is loaded with showbiz anecdotes, self-deprecating tales, and has a general sweetness” (New York Post).
About the Author
Rob Loweis a film, television, and theater actor; a producer; and an entrepreneur. He is also involved in politics and is the author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography. He lives in Los Angeles.
“[Lowe] skillfully weaves stories together with common themes and a philosophical perspective. … Fans who fear he gave up all the good stuff in the first book will be pleasantly surprised. … Lowe’s candor and willingness to admit his flaws create an authentic voice. His easy writing style will hook readers who won’t judge his book by the handsome man on its cover.” — Associated Press
“Lowe's self-effacing and straightforward assessments of his own foibles and weaknesses, combined with first-rate storytelling skills. . . .make [Love Life] still feel like a night on the town with a well-connected, charismatic friend with more tales to spill. . . .[I]t's sweet, and he includes very funny accounts. . . . Showing how well he can laugh at himself. ” — USA Today
“Lowe addresses his life with a welcome levity. This book confirms that Lowe is more than just a pretty face." — Elle
"[Lowe] writes with perspective and humorous self-effacement.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Not just pretty but witty and wise.” — AARP Magazine
“[Love Life] is loaded with showbiz anecdotes, self-deprecating tales and has a general sweetness that some readers might not be expecting from Lowe.” — New York Post
"Engaging, relatable… entertaining and admirably frank." — The Washington Post
“A savvy writer with a quick wit, Lowe invites readers into his world with easy charm and disarming frankness.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Lowe had been reborn as a winning memoirist." — Booklist
“Somehow Lowe manages to describe a visit to the Playboy Mansion and an unpleasant grade-school sleepover next to the manatee tank at Sea World with equal enthusiasm.” — Book Forum
“If you love Rob Lowe, you'll love his "Love Life."…. His self-effacing humor keeps the pace brisk.” — Tulsa World
“The fact that his second book is every bit as engaging as the first proves his point. I’m betting he could do an equally fine job on a third.” — Miami Herald
“Lowe vividly depicts what it was like to be a 19-year-old Hollywood heartthrob. . . . As in the best celebrity memoirs and musings, Love Life is sprinkled with star power. . . . [Lowe] spills secrets and private thoughts with eloquence.” — Bookpage
“Lowe is a gifted storyteller who uses humor and self-deprecation to draw readers in, and keeps their attention with fun tales of Hollywood behind-the-scenes.” — Carpool Candy
“[An] easygoing but thoughtful memoir.” — All You
“Incredible. … This isn’t your typical celebrity written book. This was a fun read and very well written, that’ll have you laughing and shedding a tear along the way.” — Red Carpet Crash
“A wild ride of a memoir by Rob Lowe that will leave you amused, fascinated and ultimately charmed.” — Shelf Awareness
“[Lowe is] an interesting and perceptive writer.” — Daily Mail
“An interesting read, and a page-turner. Lowe has an amazing insight about life and what is important.” — Family Choice Awards
“Love Life is just as genially and charmingly guarded as its predecessor. … [Lowe] is admirably self-aware.” — Good Men Project