Jacket Copy

Books, authors and all things bookish

« Previous Post | Jacket Copy Home | Next Post »

Rob Lowe to follow up best-selling memoir with second book

December 12, 2011 |  9:50 am


Actor Rob Lowe made his literary debut with the best-selling memoir "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" earlier this year. On Monday, publisher Simon & Schuster announced it will publish a second book by Lowe, "Love Life."

The new book will be part observations, part life lessons. In a news release, Simon & Schuster writes that it "will explore topics such as sex, marriage, money, work, fatherhood and sports, drawing upon Mr. Lowe’s own experiences and observations."

Lowe's acting career kicked off in the 1980s with films such as "The Outsiders" and "Class" (both released in 1983) and "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985). He was a core member of a generation of young, good-looking actors who became known as the Brat Pack. After highs and lows, Lowe made a strong comeback on television, starring in "The West Wing" and "Brothers and Sisters." Lately, when not being an investor -- his investment partners have a stake in Miramax -- he's been proving his comedy chops on "Parks and Recreation." And working on his book.

This spring, Susan King talked to Lowe and wrote about his memoir.

Lowe talks about everything in "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," such as finding his first brush with success on an ABC sitcom at the age of 15, and his romances with Melissa Gilbert and Princess Stephanie among many others, and his relentless partying, the infamous 1988 sex tape, his 1989 disastrous appearance on the Academy Awards, his realization in 1990 that he was an alcoholic, his happy, 20-year marriage to makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff and why he left his role as Sam Seaborn on "The West Wing" after four seasons....

Though he discusses his sexcapades, he never goes into any salacious, R-rated details. In fact, as Hollywood autobiographies go, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" is quite chaste.

“The first book proved that Rob Lowe is a great storyteller,” Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. “The second book will prove that he can write about anything and continue to captivate readers.”

In the statement, Lowe added: “I’m hoping readers will think of the first book as a restaurant where they ate a good meal, and that they’ll want to come back and try a new dish.”


Rob Lowe: L.A. Times bestseller

Vroman's to make guest appearance on "Parks & Recreation," with Rob Lowe

Whose memoir would you rather read: Rob Lowe's or Soleil Moon Frey's?

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Rob Lowe in his office at Miramax in April. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times