Love Life

Love Life

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by Rob Lowe

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Actor, producer, and New York Times 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.

Actor Rob Lowe is an entertaining raconteur whose bestselling first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An


Actor, producer, and New York Times 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.

Actor Rob Lowe is an entertaining raconteur whose bestselling first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography, was hailed as “self-deprecatingly funny” (The New York Times) and “thoroughly entertaining” (Time) and earned the author the cover of Vanity Fair. Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Lowe’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.

Among the many adventures Lowe describes in Love Life are what it’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 Hefner’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 ever teach you. You’ll delight at the hilarious account of the time a major movie star stole his girlfriend, and of coaching a kid’s basketball team dominated by omnipresent helicopter parents. The story of coming to terms with his son’s departure to college for the education his father never got will touch anyone with a family.

Building on Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Love Life is the literary equivalent of returning to a favorite restaurant to savor a completely different, delicious new dish. If you love life, you’ll love this book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
★ 06/30/2014
Lowe, a veteran actor in film and television follows up his bestselling 2011 memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, with this smart collection of personal vignettes. As a narrator, Lowe is clearly in his element. His sardonic humor shines through at some points (as when describing how he was abruptly removed as the coach of his son’s basketball team via a parental coup d’etat), while other scenes are more introspective. Some of the strongest moments feature Lowe describing himself at his weakest: mourning the loss of his longtime manager, Bernie Brillstein, or dropping his oldest child off at college. The audiobook offers the expected behind-the-scenes Hollywood sneak peeks, but with the added bonus of Lowe’s vocal impressions of his colleagues. His take on Warren Beatty is first-rate, and his impersonation of Danny Glover ordering everything on the menu is worth the price of admission by itself. This audio performance reveals someone who is (at last) completely comfortable in his own skin and ready to share his story, equal parts gossip and hard-won wisdom. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Audio
Lowe's latest is a great listen. Narrated by the author, this book is about his acting career—something he cherishes—and his family, his other great love. There are very few stories that are repeated from Lowe's first autobiographical work, Stories I Tell My Friends, and those are merely brief summaries to provide foundation for new follow-ups. Lowe is a master storyteller and his near-perfect narration provides an outlet for his trademark mimicry; Bill Clinton and Jack Nicholson never sounded so good! To be enjoyed and savored are the stories of family events, such as camping with Bigfoot or his oldest son going off to college. Lowe's visit to the Playboy Mansion while in his teens is quite funny, while his time in rehab is heartrending. He discusses roles he won and lost and his interactions with and respect for other actors and their craft. Lowe provides a fascinating look at a successful actor's life in the public eye without complaint or regret. VERDICT Highly recommended for public libraries.—Karen Perry, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
Publishers Weekly
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.)
The Washington Post
"Engaging, relatable… entertaining and admirably frank."
“Lowe addresses his life with a welcome levity. This book confirms that Lowe is more than just a pretty face."
AARP Magazine
“Not just pretty but witty and wise.”
"Lowe had been reborn as a winning memoirist."
Book Forum
“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.”
Tulsa World
“If you love Rob Lowe, you'll love his "Love Life."…. His self-effacing humor keeps the pace brisk.”
Miami Herald
“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.”
“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.”
Carpool Candy
“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.”
All You Editors
“[An] easygoing but thoughtful memoir.”
Red Carpet Crash
“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.”
Shelf Awareness
“A wild ride of a memoir by Rob Lowe that will leave you amused, fascinated and ultimately charmed.”
Daily Mail
“[Lowe is] an interesting and perceptive writer.”
Family Choice Awards
“An interesting read, and a page-turner. Lowe has an amazing insight about life and what is important.”
Good Men Project
“Love Life is just as genially and charmingly guarded as its predecessor. … [Lowe] is admirably self-aware.”
Associated Press Staff
“[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.”
USA Today
“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. ”
Entertainment Weekly
"[Lowe] writes with perspective and humorous self-effacement.”
New York Post
“[Love Life] is loaded with showbiz anecdotes, self-deprecating tales and has a general sweetness that some readers might not be expecting from Lowe.”
Kirkus Reviews
Actor Lowe follows up his Stories I Only Tell My Friends (2011) with a potpourri of observations and reflections about youthful indiscretions, celebrity tidbits, marriage and fatherhood, addiction and the acting life. In his Brat Pack days, the author's good looks cast him as a leading man and, at the same time, an underrated actor. Readers will learn there's more to him: his love of the craft; seriousness in steering his acting, writing and producing career; dedication to his wife and sons; and a keen self-awareness. He readily admits his flaws—e.g., self-centered tendencies ("[Parks and Recreation co-star] Rashida Jones claims that I am what she likes to call a benevolent narcissist") and emotional aloofness. Given the latter, it's no surprise that his best writing comes in astute observations of the world he inhabits rather than through introspection, which comes off as a bit forced. The strongest material demystifies the process of developing projects for TV and film or choosing and preparing for roles. Lowe approaches his work with an adventurous spirit and an eye toward improvement, and he notes how he often chooses more challenging characters rather than leading roles. Lowe obviously enjoys pointing out the absurdities of show business, as when he conjures up a hilarious conversation between an agent/manager and his client that captures the duplicitous nature of the game. Tender essays about his family show a more vulnerable side to the actor. He writes of losing it after sending his oldest son off to college, teaching the youngest boy how to stand up to a bully on the baseball field, and his glowing admiration for his wife. Readers won't soon forget his most fearless essay, which recounts a raw, heartbreaking experience from his days in rehab for his alcohol addiction. A savvy writer with a quick wit, Lowe invites readers into his world with easy charm and disarming frankness.

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Meet the Author

Rob Lowe is 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.

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Love Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
Love Life by Rob Lowe follows his fascinating memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography which was published in 2011. With the kind of rave reviews it received which catapulted the book to the top of the bestseller list, I’m sure there is bound to be a sense of disappointment with his second book. Not because it is poorly written or that it does not have great content worth reading, but living up to a certain degree of expectation or hype is a difficult thing to follow through. On that count, many readers will be frustrated. Love Life is an absorbing, stimulating and thought-provoking read. It is a confirmation of the gift that Rob Lowe is bestowed as an author. What is particularly fascinating, and mostly likely to endear with readers, is the fact that he is open about his life, and is not unduly worried to talk about it. He is not the type to confine himself or his family within a limited protective shell. He lives quite a normal life, the kind of life that humans are meant to live. He has seen his own fair share of failures and successes and he is not about to discuss them or admit his mistakes. Reading the book opens new eyes with which to see him as he really is. What is plainly clear is that he knows what he is writing, talking or doing. He has learned and unlearned many things in life and shares them with profound abandon. What I find particularly interesting is the part about his family. He also offered an exciting look into the world of television and movie. Love Life by Rob Lowe is the lessons of life that the author learned during his life’s journey. It is informative, entertaining and incredibly inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, insightful, honest, funny, and well written! Keep writing Rob, you have a gift for this!
Clara_Smith More than 1 year ago
I had read Rob Lowe's first book when it came out and then saw him promoting this book on TV. This book was really well written, easy to read and enjoyable. Rob tells stories about his career and family and why he has made the choices he has. Very insightful. Rob isn't just another pretty face - he has a great mind and shares some of the things he has learned in life in this book.
Karynlk More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, but it's not a scandalous kiss and tell book. The love life he's referring to is his wife, who he obviously adores (lucky lady). Still has good stories about the past and about being a father and the challenges of acting. Plus, he refers to Dayton, Ohio, numerous times, which is close to where I live. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rob Lowe has seen it all and done it all. He’s been to the height of fame, he has experienced the fall from fame, he has been through image-destroying scandals, and he has survived it all to come out on top. His private stories told in Love Life are very interesting. Rob is very open about his life and the stories are both honest and inspirational, with just the right touch of humor.
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I love how Rob takes you through different eras of his life and the reader gets peak into the past and read about a great story. History of hollywood,his personal life orjust whatwas going on inthe world at that time. No matter a fabulous read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's just looks and in personality. Self-deprecating (although he's not afraid to remind you of his acclaimed acting), sweet and very thoughtful. I preferred his first book, but this one is a solid follow-up. Keep 'em coming Rob!!
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An easy, intimate read.
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How bout you pick (bbl nooks about to die)
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Want to chat go to lovd and i will be i did not misspell lovd wrong it is a real book.
reader72 More than 1 year ago
So first to set expectations…. this book is less about Rob Lowe's "Love Life" than an instruction from him for you to "love life." For those looking for juicy tidbits about his romantic or sexual escapades you may be disappointed. There are certainly a few of those, yes, but most of the book is not focused on them. Lowe's first book Stories I Only Tell My Friends was wonderful. After that, this book is a bit of a let down. There are some wonderful parts to it, and some less wonderful. It felt a little all over the place with no clear logic as to what stories he included in the book and why in this particular order. In many places he throws around the names of his celebrity friends and co-workers and then in other stories - some of the ones in which you'd most want to know "who" he is writing about- he leaves them unnamed. Overall, the book does give you insight in Rob's life as a happily married man, involved father, and successful actor. There are some great moments about his appreciation for life and thoughts to how we can all enjoy and appreciate our own lives more. As a fan, I enjoyed the book but felt it could have used a better editing job to craft it into something even better than it is and as well done as his first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book by Rob Lowe and it was far better than this one. I thought he went into too much detail at times making it hard to follow. Was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for bf i have blond hair blue eyes big b.oobs and a se.xy body