Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey


By Matthew McConaughey

  • Release Date: 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 3,016 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.


  • I loved this book

    By Mayberryrev
    I enjoyed reading Greenlights. As I was reading I took a inventory of my life. And look at all of the Greenlights I was catching. Thank you Matthew for writing about your life. Adrian Ramey
  • Loved!

    By Kylie 07
    Absolutely love! Funny and great life tips
  • Incredible

    By MorganDiehl
    Such an amazing story.

    By bookreviewer2022
    Every inch of this book was amazing. It kept me engaged, entertained and inspired. I couldn’t put it down and I definitely didn’t want it to end. If you’re on the hunt for a new book I’d strongly suggest giving this one a go!
  • A really great read.

    By BossManDoug
    McConnaughy is writes very well, and his philosophical insights both inspire and enlighten. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
  • Very entertaining

    By jLazBro
    The life stories and lessons shared are not only entertaining, but educational. Matthew is a legend and THE MAN!
  • Green lights

    By Monster#109
    Awesome read. Insightful. Funny. Honest. Deeply personal. I recommend it to everyone.
  • Moving at the Speed of Greenlights

    By coach marcd
    The book is about a real person who lived life honestly. His truth was in his imperfections. Moving forward in life requires to be moving at just the right speed to catch the Greenlights. And when the light is yellow or red know the difference. Wisdom comes from experience if you are aware.
  • Life-Changing

    By mrs.hassellkat
    Read this book if you’re breathing. It’s life-changing and good for the soul. In the best way, it’s like you’re chatting with an old friend, over some drinks, long into the night, where things get deeper & make more sense. I couldn’t read the book fast enough, yet I was sad when it was over. I cannot recommend this book enough.
  • Well meaning memoir

    By whodunnit gal
    If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the story of rags to riches. If you’re a fan an young you may find a mentor. As an older reader, I found it too preachy.although very well meaning.