From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction

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.

Title : Greenlights
Edition Language : English
ISBN : 9780593139134
Format Type :

    Greenlights Reviews

  • Elyse Walters

    I LOVED IT!!!!!! isn’t that enough? FANTASTIC storytelling... MEMORABLE STORIES you ‘won’t’ forget. Mathew is not only a great actor, he’s a GREAT AUTHOR!!!HE CAN WRITE!!!! For readers who ...

  • Marlana Williams

    My suggestion is to listen to the audiobook so that you can get wrapped up in that warm, friendly, country-boy voice of his as if he is talking directly to you. My suggestion is also to listen in a qu...

  • Gabby

    Really enjoyed this one. I really love Matthew McConnaughey as a human and as an actor so I was really excited to hear he wrote a book! I listened to the audiobook and his narration is absolutely fant...

  • Kim ~ It?s All About the Thrill

    Ahhhhhh...I am totally listening to Matthew McConaughey! ❤️ Holy crap! So there is something to be said for a memoir where the author reads you their story. You all know the voice...but do you kno...

  • Swaroop Kanti

    This book is a good read - suitable for all times, but makes more sense for these uncertain and strange times.***To all those criticising this book as `self centered` and `selfish` - my answer is “y...

  • Sean Barrs

    You lost me on the third wet dream, Matthew.Talk about oversharing your self-centred story....

  • Toni Parvin

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Alright alright alright...5 easy breezy stars. It felt like I sat around with him over a glass of scotch and he told me stories of his life. He’s witty, funny, smooth, ...

  • Joshua Lawson

    On the one hand, I read this book in less than two days over the course of a rainy weekend.On the other hand, I have been keeping notebooks in which I wax poetic since I was eighteen and this book has...

  • Mediaman

    A rambling book with great stories but flawed execution. McConaughey was a C student in college, claiming he was normally an A student but wanted to devote time to real world instead of books, and at ...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    I love Matthew as an actor, I didn’t love this book like I was hoping. And that’s ok 😉Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾...