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2020 . Biography & Autobiography, Rich & Famous, Body, Mind & Spirit, Inspiration & Personal Growth, Self-help . Matthew McConaughey

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 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 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN "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. The short dust jacket included with this hardcover edition is an intentional design choice.






Crown Publishing Group (NY)




0593139135 (ISBN13: 9780593139134)



Richard Mulholland

1 week ago


I read this in Jan 2020, and even then, I'm fairly certain it will be my book of the year.


Taylor Gilland

2 weeks ago


Didn’t do it for me


Maria Claudia Llamas

1 month ago


Really good, keeps you engaged.


Biraj Sarkar

1 month ago




Scott Allen

2 months ago


Outstanding stories from am expert storyteller.


David Pennington

3 months ago


A pretty good book if you don't read a lot of books.


Carl Johan Skovsen

5 months ago




Morten V Schroeder image

6 months ago


Really interesting book about a fascinating person! Matthew (I’ve given up on spelling his last name) has had a super interesting life and shares a bunch of very cool anecdotes, raucous stories. life lessons and principles! He’s a surprisingly introspective person with makes for great reading 🙏 He’s actually written the book himself and i think he writes well. If you decide to read this please, please, please listen to it on Audible because he reads it himself and it’s not just a book - it’s a play! He reads in a super funny way and brings his Texan twang to the story! It’s a borderline 9 but got a little more boring in the end and I felt like he sped through the last 10 years of his life! Overall great book and If it taught me one thing it is that I wanna be a little more like Matthew 😀


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6 months ago


The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

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