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Greenlights - by Matthew McConaughey (Hardcover)

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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

“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew 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.
About the Author:
Academy Award–winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it's okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day’s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor.

In 2009, Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019, McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. McConaughey is also brand ambassador for Lincoln Motor Company, an owner of the Major League Soccer club Austin FC, and co-creator of his favorite bourbon on the planet, Wild Turkey Longbranch.
Reviews:
“McConaughey is a talented actor and a fine writer, but a total genius at living. He attacks life with an exhilarating ferocity. This is a wildly unexpected and delightful book you can’t just read, you have to experience.”—Lawrence Wright, author of The End of October

“It shouldn’t surprise you that this book is good, but it will surprise you just how good it is.
Wise and entertaining, this is an inspiring memoir and how-to from one of the great outlaw philosophers and artists of our time.”—Ryan Holiday, author of The Daily Stoic

“A Renaissance man on the big screen, McConaughey shows he is the same on the page. Mystical and spiritual but mostly just wonderful, Greenlights is an inspired memoir that celebrates the idea that it’s the journey rather than the destination that will fulfill us.”—Michael Connelly, author of Fair Warning

“Written with great intensity and rare candor, Greenlights is a whirlwind of wisdom that’s as singular and fervent as its author. Read the book, experience the behind-the-scenes adventures, then pursue your own greenlights full throttle.”—Shaka Smart, head coach, men’s basketball, The University of Texas at Austin

“Greenlights is many different books at once: an entertaining autobiography, a delightful adventure story, a very funny comedy, a wise self-help guide, an inspiring argument for love and family, and a candid tale of spiritual and personal discovery. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”—John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, co-author of Conscious Leadership
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Rich & Famous
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Format: Hardcover
Author: Matthew McConaughey
Language: English
Street Date: October 20, 2020
TCIN: 79785793
UPC: 9780593139134
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-5699
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.7 out of 5 stars with 88 reviews
91% would recommend
23 recommendations

Eye Opener

5 out of 5 stars
ganny - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
This book reveals so much about Matthew McConaughey's childhood to present. Provided much background which I found interesting.
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Good Reads.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
shineoutloudsite - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
Great book by a local author/actor/motivational speaker. Target has a great selection on books and other media products.
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Too crass

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Erc - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
My husband wanted this for Christmas and loved it at first. But the amount of F-bombs and talking about masterbating regularly was just too much. We threw it away. It’s disappointing that he couldn’t have written a book without those things in it. Wasn’t worth the crap scattered throughout.
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Must read!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Dang - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Love Matthew McConaughey. After reading this book, I like him even more! Very humble and wise. Could not put the book down!
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greenlights is Awsome must read

5 out of 5 stars
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krettig - 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book. I'm 54 and a lazy reader. usually loose interest in a book half way through the first chapter. but I couldn't put this book down. really enjoyed Matthew's story and his wisdom and insight on life. never blames anybody for failures in life. always takes accountability for mistakes and willingness to change himself for the better. Thanks Matthew for sharing your story with us. and will always pray for you and your family. God Bless !
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MUST Read!!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
lilmeno - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Such a great book…couldn’t put it down!
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Amazing!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Rsheb - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Amazing book! He is truly a wise man and such an inspiration.
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Charming, Wise & Hilarious

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mama McG - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
A book that delivers valuable wisdom and hilarious stories while offering the charming McConaughey authenticity.
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Buying a copy for myself now!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
famor - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Originally I bought this for my son. I am a fan of Matthew McConaughey, but I don’t usually buy celebrity books. I wanted a book that was interesting for a young man with life wisdom. Before I started wrapping it I began reading it and if Christmas wasn’t the next day I would’ve sat down and finished it. I’m now going to buy a copy for myself!
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Great Book!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MAH - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this book for my husband. He’s moving right through it. Talks about how insightful Matthew is. I look forward to reading it when he finishes it.
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Texas boy

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Pjb - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
The content of this book.
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Great book to read and very entertaining

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Alex - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I loved reading this book and firmly believe it connects well with the reader. So much great storytelling and inspiring words of wisdom. finished the whole book tonight. I read it in about 5 days. I already read the sample book but I really liked it so much that I bought this book.
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Great book!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Salena M - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Such a great book! I’ve always loved Matthew as an actor and his backstory made me love him even more. He does not brag in this book but tell his life stories and experiences and I enjoyed it so much. Definitely recommend if you’re a fan!
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Great gift

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
jensto - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Gave this as a gift. My mother loved it!
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Alright alright alright

5 out of 5 stars
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KR - 3 years ago
This was a fun read! And there are pics of Matthew when you first open the book and take off the sleeve jacket.
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must read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ja - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
fantastic book with great life knowledge
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Buy it, youll like it

5 out of 5 stars
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Chris - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Love Matthew McConaughey and this book is excellent. My book club has enjoyed it. Good price as well.
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Thinking

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MommaV - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Bought for a friend and my sister! Lots of talk about how the book is so good
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Gteat gift!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
hrogren - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this as a gift for a friend who LOVES Matthew McConaughey, so I’m not sure how the book is but I know she will love it!
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Wisdom from words not experience

5 out of 5 stars
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Alex M - 3 years ago
Holds some good wisdom and bumper stickers. Although a lot of lessons can be learned from the book, I think he’d agree you have to experience and struggle through your own red and yellow lights to make sure the lessons stick
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