Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey


By Matthew McConaughey

  • Release Date: 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 4,092 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.


  • Great book

    By MotherMack_4
    I loved this audiobook! Great read

    By everything expect hw
    Iam not the type to read books but I love Matthew McConaughey, and I came across this book. After getting the audiobook and I’ll purchasing it on Apple Books, I followed her along with audio, and I love it. It is inspiring, motivational to see his upbringing, and how to view life in a different perspective, and I love the way, he views life as a green light. I love the poems and literature perspective of the book. It is inspiring and motivational to write poems again, and to journal just to look back and remember that there’s good and bad days and the bad days lead up to good days as if you feel it as a greenlight and red light and yellow lights. Matthew McConaughey I love you and this is amazing.
  • Great book

    By drizzyb25
    First book I have enjoyed in ages
  • Excellent!!

    By FitnessMomma
    Excellent book on so many levels!! Super interesting, humorous, endearing, inspiring, introspective…you’ll mark pages, highlight passages, and you don’t want to put it down.
  • Audiobook was incredible

    By garydcolemanjr
    Must listen/read
  • Read it or be square

    By Mjeanne84
    This was a really great book! I recommend it to everyone. Also take the mastermind corse he put together with Dean.
  • Greenlights

    By trinar9001
    The best book I have ever read!!
  • was a great read!

    By jonl70
    I loved the fact that he was completely transparent about his childhood and the experiences he had within his family. For the right people, this is also a very inspirational read. It makes me reflect on my life growing up though not anyway similar. Thank you for writing this and sharing it.
  • amazing!

    By caseyloren
    one of my favorite books ever. i’ve read it twice and i listen to the audio book every time i go on a long drive.
  • Great Read and Advice

    By lranew
    One of the best down to earth truthful and intriguing books I’ve read, I really resonated with some of his life’s advices, Keep going Matthew! This was therapy for me because I am starting to lose who I am at only 57 and feel lost~ Lorraine