Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey


By Matthew McConaughey

  • Release Date: 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 2,459 Ratings


#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 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.


  • Very interesting

    By maria_AK907
    Very interesting and captivating. Enjoyed the book!
  • Life is an individual’s adventure

    By dbryson1
    Not all of us will live like this man, nor should we want to. Mine is not nearly as deep and thoughtful as his, but his words show me that it’s ok to be me. We are all a series of imperfections that we can hopefully forgive ourselves for and improve on as we learn and grow. I’m happy to have read his book as it has shown me that even in irrelevance, I am still relevant.
  • Great read

    By Triggs123
    Mathew McConaughey is way cooler and deeper than I realized. Very introspective, and well thought out ideas. Peoples persona can justify assumptions than are very inaccurate and in this case I feel ignorant in thinking otherwise. Glad I read this book and will highly recommend it.
  • BUY IT

    By just a girl from georgia
    If you want a good laugh and to feel inspired read this book you wont regret it!!!! I don’t see how anyone would have anything negative to say about this book. If you do... you missed the point and have no sense of humor.
  • Enjoy

    By Jimi Drake
    A mentor of cool, unapologetic truth and genuine care for what ties us all together, love

    By LordDickFarts
    It was a fun kept my interest from the start...quite a guy....not sure what I expected but it exceeded my expectations...would encourage him to “get into” politics...he’d help lots of people.
  • Great Book!!

    By jhaider
    This book made me revere Matthew McConaughey as a free thinker with a refreshingly positive outlook on life. I think it is a must read for many young adults who look to have a more positive outlook and turning their metaphorical “red lights” into “greenlights”
  • Greenlights. Awesome!

    By tades21
    The best!
  • Perspective

    By thezeebs17
    A fantastic tell-all of McConaughey’s life story and all his redlights, yellowlights, greenlights, and how he reacted to each situation. Reading this book will help you turn the redlights and yellowlights from your past into greenlights, and you’ll gain new perspective on life.
  • Amazing!!!

    By pirmeinsb
    I am not a huge audio book fan as I usually have a clear “voice” in my head, but after hearing Mr. McConaughey interviewed I was happy to give it a try! It is such a raw, honest, funny and personal story, I actually can’t imagine having not hear him read it! Well done!