Friday, February 17, 2012
Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Ever wonder where the term "Brat Pack" comes from? You will find out here. Do you know Mr. Lowe's connection to 9/11? You will find out here. Did you know Mr. Lowe grew up with the Sheens? You will find out here. Want to know how he scored a hot wife? I mean, besides looking at him? You will find out here.
The bulk of the book focuses on his pre-The West Wing years but it is still interesting and worth a read if you love celebrity memoir/autobiography the way I do. Of course it is colored by Mr. Lowe's telling his own stories, but it is certainly enjoyable. The only complaint I have is in Mr. Lowe's desire to keep identities a secret until the end of his story section; for example, he tells a story about meeting a beautiful African-American actress on the set of his first TV show and tells us a story of their interaction. Finally the woman says something like, "Well, if this doesn't work out I will just go into music like my brothers." Then Mr. Lowe hits you with the name--Janet Jackson. If he did this once or twice it would have impact, but by the sixth person/movie/event he does this for you want to say, "Ok, get on with it Rob!"
I enjoyed reading about his experiences on The Outsiders and The West Wing, and I was impressed at his desire to get and stay sober. As far as Celebrity Memoir Friday goes, I say, "It's a win!"