Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey


By Matthew McConaughey

  • Release Date: 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,324 Ratings)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the life-changing memoir that has inspired millions of readers through the Academy Award®–winning actor’s unflinching honesty, unconventional wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.


“McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did—and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.”—Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges—how to get relative with the inevitable—you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.”
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It’s a love letter. To life.
It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
Good luck.


  • Cheat code to living

    By blettuce
    This book is an inspiration and a cheat code to living life. It’s about following your gut, seeing things through, and finding peace and lessons through reflection. It’s beautiful.
  • Fascinating Read

    By Janellebelly1
    I really enjoyed Matthew’s story. I appreciated his candor and honesty. I appreciated his sharing the experiences and people from whom he learned and the model life he is exhibiting now! Thanks, Matthew! A Fellow Texan
  • A joy to read

    By Ashley4163
    Funny. Thought provoking. McConaughey is as accomplished a writer as he is an actor. A memoir for memoir-avoiders.
  • Surprisingly wonderful

    By Haylee Caravalho
    This is the first memoir/biography I’ve ever gotten through fully. You can hear his voice throughout the entire book. It’s funny, intimate and insightful. I love it!
  • One of the best

    By Mattfino
    This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down. It is truly a masterpiece. Even down to the pace of the writing, the organization of the story. It’s all so well written. And great insight to a new way of thinking.
  • To the point

    By 2100 Ocean
    Very refreshing, makes you realize the important Reasons why we are on this Earth . Aida
  • Good advice!

    By groperfish
    I enjoyed the journey Mr. McConaughey shared with us with a lot of good life lessons sprinkled along the way! A journey that made him a great actor and family man. Keep the Greenlights lit!
  • Great book

    By DoBetter121
    I’m not a book reader but I enjoy interesting stories. This is full of great stories that kept my attention without feeling like I was “working” at reading it.
  • Five Stars

    By carONest
    Excellent read. I copied advise from this book. I enjoyed every word in every part.
  • Awesome book

    By chvmteSS
    Loved this book, very inspiring at a time when we all need it.