Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey


By Matthew McConaughey

  • Release Date: 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 3,582 Ratings


#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.


  • Thank You!

    By Terruta-NYC
    Down to earth kinda guy. A man’s man!
  • Great book!

    By jlcb
    Thank you!
  • Awesome

    By Jameson657
    Awesome Just what I needed
  • Outstanding

    By KL401
    This book is more than an excerpt. Its a life lesson through someone else’s life lessons. Thank you for writing this book.
  • Amazing Read!

    By flyinhigh550
    This book is a very quick and simple read. I highly recommend reading it and taking the things he says to heart.
  • Excellent

    By LouisianaNative5577
    Truly inspiring. Life lessons and healthy lifestyle can really change someone’s life for the better. I highly recommend

    By Samelaaaa
    Such an incredible book. Loved it so much I couldn’t put it down
  • Loved it.

    By I freaking love this podcast
    I loved this book. I was on a biography kick a year ago and I would definitely go back to this book again. You can hear his voice in the text.
  • Great book!

    By ari.v.1996
    I don’t read as much these days. I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down and always wanted to keep reading. Highly recommend!
  • So good!

    By kkcolorado
    I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I loved it! MM is a talented writer and excellent story teller. His life story is pretty incredible.