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*Starred Review* After 30 years in show business, Lowe is the star of his first sequel. But instead of nabbing a superhero franchise à la Robert Downey Jr., he’s been reborn as a winning memoirist. Love Life is the highly anticipated follow-up to his glowingly reviewed Stories I Only Tell My Friends (2011). How many other 1980s heartthrobs have been blessed with a second (or third) act while approaching 50? Rather than being a desperate cash-grab from a fading star, Love Life is certain to boost Lowe’s professional profile even further while allowing the versatile actor to maintain an ever-thriving television career (Californication and Parks and Recreation are both recalled with candor and fondness). Those expecting more Hollywood tales will not be disappointed with first-person stories involving Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, and Madonna that only someone of Lowe’s stature could credibly share with such awestruck enthusiasm and thoughtful detail. Lowe credits his longevity to more than just talent, fame, or luck, however. He fills many pages with humble, effusive praise for his stable marriage and shares funny, relatable tales of fatherhood. These are the successes that matter most to him, the ones that have helped him stay sober and grounded while loving life to the fullest. High-Demand Backstory: The spectacular and even somewhat surprising commercial and critical success of the author’s previous memoir means automatic library interest in the latest ­installment. --Chris Keech


“[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)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451685718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451685718
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Dalton VINE VOICE on May 3, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed Rob Lowe's first book so much so that I never hesitated to pre-order this release as soon as it became available. I'm very glad I did.

Neither a fan nor critic of Mr. Lowe's onscreen work, I must say that I am very curious as to whether he has written these books on his own or with the help of another writer. This is only because I find the flow of his words so comfortable, entertaining and very often eloquent, that it seems as though he has wasted time in front of the camera instead of behind the pen.

I detest reviewers who insist on practically reproducing the entire book in their rewiews. This is the job of the reader - not a reviewer. I would hope that my endorsement or suggestion that you at least try a sample before judging the author would be helpful. It isn't Tolstoy (thank goodness), but it is a very enjoyable opportunity to share the experiences and observations of another individual. One who has had some pretty interesting experiences in his life.

The only anecdote I will mention involves his time in rehab and the story about Buck - a composite drawn from another person who was a participant in his sessions. The story of this heartbreaking and tragic individual is so well written that I found myself crying at the end of the chapter. I never, ever cry at the end of chapters. And this is why I'm so amazed at the level of writing. It actually moved me to tears.

If you're looking for dirt and garbage about other celebrities or entertainers, than I think you will be very disappointed. That is the job of TMZ, etc., not a fellow actor. What Mr. Lowe does is provide you with some glimpses into his profession, his family, his beliefs, success and failures. He does not paint himself in the warm glow of perfection.
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'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.
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You will be disappointed by this book if you are expecting a follow on to Stories I Only Tell My Friends. I thoroughly enjoyed Rob's first autobiography but I am having trouble getting through Love Life. If you are trying to break into the entertainment industry or looking for acting tips then this book is for you. If you are looking for an intimate life story sharing authentic stories and feelings then this book is not for you. The most authentic story Rob writes about his son Mathew not only leaving for college but also moving across the country. This is a story most can relate to and is beautifully written.
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I enjoyed Rob Lowe's first book very much so expected his second to be almost as good and thankfully I was not disappointed. It is apparent in both books that Rob is a bit of a narcissist with a little histrionic thrown in but this is all ok with me because I still like him. He comes across as self-serving and somewhat of a know-it-all but still likeable, loving, insightful, intelligent, funny, kind and interesting. Best of all though is the fact that he doesn't mind dishing on Hollywood. He makes his memoirs interesting and doesn't mind name-dropping even when he doesn't actually use a name but you know the name just the same. His life is a little too perfectly tidy at times though and I found myself resenting him just a little for his obvious satisfaction with himself and all his acquired wisdom. He seems to want to portray himself as this enlightened individual who has achieved such happiness and understanding of which you can tell he is very proud. This is fine- I know I am just jealous of someone who seems to have it all. I don't begrudge him, I just found myself wondering at times: DOES HE S---? And how about his even-more-perfect-than-he-is wife- does she??? I am straying from the "review" here, I know...

This book is definitely interesting and a fun read if you are into Hollywood memoirs. Like I said before, he does a lot of name-dropping and interesting story telling about such topics as Vegas, Washington DC politics and presidents, the Playboy mansion, the Revolutionary War, Madonna, Bigfoot and so on and so forth. He talks a lot about his family and rehab and sobriety. A lot about his tv shows and characters as well as his experience with others on set.
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