I was a teenager in the ‘80s and I know I am not alone admitting that watching Rob Lowe in The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, St. Elmo's Fire, About Last Night and anything else he might have been in were particular viewing highlights of that decade. A couple of years ago, I read an excerpt of his first autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in Vanity Fair and found myself absolutely enthralled with his writing style and the inside story of his experience during the filming of The Outsiders. I kept meaning to pick up a copy of the book and for some reason just never got around to it. Lucky for me my sister Erin remembered me mentioning it and she sent me a copy to enjoy while I recuperated from my recent surgery.
I loved every minute of reading this book and found myself wishing there was a sequel when I learned that there was, Love Life, and it had just come out! I literally finished the first book and happily made my way to Barnes and Noble to pick up the second one. Hence how I have spent the last two weeks with Rob Lowe!
Rob Lowe's writing style is very open, honest and authentic. He has an amazing memory for the life events that have shaped him. What I was most impressed by were his reflections on his childhood and adolescence. He has a skill which I think all parents have access to but few use to the best effect and that is remembering what discovering the highs and lows of life felt like for your younger self. I feel that this adds another dimension to our experience of parenting and helps us to really connect with our children when we find them experiencing similar emotions and/or experiences. From the stories he recounts of various stages of his parenting journey it is obviously a skill that has served him well as he and his wife Sheryl have raised their two sons.
If you are looking for some good summer reads, gifts for Mother's or even Father's Day, pick up Rob Lowe's autobiographies, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life. They will not disappoint and I am sure you will find yourself anxiously awaiting the next installment as I am.