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Creating Your Own Memories
on April 8, 2014
'Creating your own memories will give you something to share with the rest of us,' is one of the many pieces of advice Rob Lowe shares with his two boys. "Just say yes to life, and get out there and make those memories," is exactly what Rob Lowe has done. In his new memoir, he shares his life with his family, his career, and the current issues that encompass his life. This is a book that flows well, and keeps your interest.
Rob Lowe is not afraid to share his foibles along with the assessment of his own strengths and what he has learned in the business he loves. His stories are filled with well connected friends and names we will all recognize. One of his most poignant stories is about his time in rehab for his alcoholism. Another one of the people with him, well known with a great athletic career going for him, could not keep away from drugs, finally breaks down in the throes of the love and acceptance the group shows him. His story is so sad and powerful that complete silence follows, tears flow, and we hope this man is helped. This kind of story telling is laced throughout the book. Rob Lowe is a writer, with tales to tell.
We hear about Rob's romance with his now wife, Sheryl, and what it took for him to recognize that she was the woman for him. The stories of his days as a young male on the prowl is interspersed with stories of his professional life and what he has learned in his business. Ron's Lowe loves his life as an actor, and he is not afraid to take chances with roles that come his way. Dr. Startz in 'Behind The Candelabra' is one role with many fascinating stories behind it. The television series he has been part of, and what television has given to the acting business, contains a lot of wisdom and insight.
The most important role for Rob Lowe is that of a father. He loves his two sons, Matthew and Johnowen with every cell in his being. What he divulges is his life as a father, and how it has affected his life. The story of 'Bigfoot' and the summer in the Northwest, the day his son, Matthew leaves for college, and Lowe's crying jags, all reveal a man who so loves his family.
No real gossip, but a peak into a night at the Playboy Mansion is enlightening. He shares a little of his political life. He campaigned for Arnold Schwarzenegger, and still has ties to Maria Shriver and her family. He could be called a Libertarian if he accepted a label. However, he tells us he has no party affiliations, he votes for the best candidate. He believes in less government and personal freedom. His good looks have often been in the way for some of the roles he wanted, but he learned to compensate and to fight his way for what he wanted. One irritation I felt with the book is the introduction to his friends, they are old pal, long time, best buddy, most of them very well known and famous. I realize those are the people he knows, but he does not need the clarifiers.
Rob Lowe has a great wit, charm and ease within himself. His storytelling manner is filled with more insight than most people. And, once into this book, you realize this is more than just a pretty face. An actor, businessman, family man and husband are his achievements, and he lives for today.
Recommended. prisrob 04-08-14