Will I run out and buy Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends?
Probably not. But I must admit that the title is fetching. In finance, language such as “… an insider’s look at … “ might induce me to buy.
Lowe’s title is perfect for his genre — the tell-all bio. The title suggests he’s going to include us in his circle of friends. Insider knowledge? No, gossip. And gossip has an allure all its own.
Or maybe the operative word here is “stories.” We all listen to various radio and TV interview programs. We are good listeners and audience members if someone will be candid and tell us what it was really like to … fight in a war … fly to the moon … or survive celebrity.
And then there is the blurb in the print ads from The New York Times review by Janet Maslin –
“He … emerges as a canny observer of both himself and others.”
Nice. He’s good looking and smart.
I’ve enjoyed Lowe’s work — especially on West Wing — and wish him well with his book. If he truly makes good on the promise the title suggests, he has a winner.