Hardcover, 304 pp. by Matthew McConaughey | Item Catalogue Number: 34181
ABOUT THIS BOOK Greenlights
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over one million copies sold! From the Academy Award–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way.
“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 have meaning in life.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. 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. 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 also a guide to catching more greenlights – and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
“Matthew McConaughey is a talented actor, 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
“A delightful surprise, full of stories that [haven’t] been shared on late night talk shows or made headlines over the years. It’s a wild ride to be sure, but if you enjoy McConaughey and all of the eccentricities and contradictions that come with him, it’s one you won’t want to miss.”—Texas Monthly
“A brilliant memoir . . . [Greenlights] is unmistakably ‘a book that only Matthew McConaughey could have written.’ This is a good thing.”—The Times Magazine (UK)
“McConaughey’s own story is arguably more interesting than any character he has embodied on the silver screen over the decades.”—USA Today