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Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

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  • Raucous Stories and Outlaw Wisdom from the Academy Award-Winning Actor
  • By: Matthew McConaughey
  • Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment & Celebrities


Publisher’s Summary

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.

I’ve been in this life for 50 years, been trying to work out its riddle for 42 and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last 35. 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 50 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 realising that the yellows and reds eventually turn green, too.

Good luck.

The audiobook now includes an exclusive interview with Matthew McConaughey which was recorded during his book tour in 2021.

©2020 Matthew McConaughey (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  1. Andrew

    Seems like a Whole load of bull

    Not my cup of tea. It just seemed to self satisfied. Kinda like listening to a footballer talk about their genius.

    63 people found this helpful

  2. Anonymous User

    Tears of laughter and tears that the book has ended

    An amazing storyteller, don’t hesitate on getting this book. In the fine words of an Australian “You’re gonna loveit mate”

    37 people found this helpful

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