I finished “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” on the sixth but life went a little crazy and I haven’t managed to write about this incredible autobiography. I don’t think I’ll do it justice as I sit here on a Saturday morning after a very difficult week, a little sick, a little dazed, a little close to tears.
One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that when Rob Lowe’s name has come up on Twitter this week, I have felt comfort just from hearing it, knowing he is someone who things like I do. I don’t have much of a fellowship of like minded sober people in my life today, so I take anything I can get.
Rob Lowe narrates the audio book himself and since he is an actor, it worked. Most times when authors narrate their own audio book, I can’t stand it haha! However I couldn’t get enough of Lowe’s voice as I listened to his memories.
The book follows his journey into acting, from a kid in Ohio to a teen in Southern California, meeting Liza Minnelli and adventures with the Sheen clan. He writes openly about his experiences and the names he drops brought back my own memories of movies I had seen starring different actors from when I was a kid. Although Rob Lowe was before my time, that era of teen movies still had its influence on me. While he wasn’t in The Breakfast Club, that movie introduced me to that famous group of young actors, The Brat Pack, of which he was a huge part.
Really the only movies I think about when I hear Rob Lowe’s name are The Hotel New Hampshire and The Stand. I never saw his other movies. I had forgotten he was in movies later like Wayne’s World and Austin Powers, but those movies are so blurry to me because of my own alcohol use in my early twenties. Those movies might have come out before I was a drunk, but as we like to say, that was a lot of beers ago.
I had no idea how far down the spiral Lowe had gone. The story of his hitting bottom reminded me of mine, and the story of his getting sober made me smile, from one alcoholic to another.
Aside from adventures in movies and sobriety, Lowe discusses his life in television and there is one story in particular, actually more than one, around his telling of his time on The West Wing, that gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears.
I love this book and I’m so glad I have it to read again in the future. I would definitely recommend whether you’re a fan of Rob Lowe or not. I’m a little bit in love with him now!
2012 Audio Book List:
1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12
2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12
3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12
4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12
5. “The Black Ice” (Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12
6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12
7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12
*Audio book previously listened to.