Book Passage Presents

Matthew McConaughey

in conversation with Reese Witherspoon

in celebration of his new memoir

Greenlights

Recorded: 10/30/2020

Book Passage Presents

Matthew McConaughey

in celebration of his new memoir

Greenlights

Recorded: 10/30/2020

Join Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon in celebration of Matthew’s new memoir Greenlights.

Purchase a ticket for this event and receive a complimentary copy of Greenlights, delivered right to your door

“Matthew McConaughey is a talented actor and a fine writer, but a total genius at living. He attacks life with an exhilarating ferocity. This is a wildly unexpected and delightful book you can’t just read, you have to experience.” Lawrence Wright, author of The End of October
“A Renaissance man on the big screen, McConaughey shows he is the same on the page. Mystical and spiritual but mostly just wonderful, Greenlights is an inspired memoir that celebrates the idea that it’s the journey, not the destination, that will fulfill us.” Michael Connelly, author of Fair Warning
“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, 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
“Greenlights is many different books at once: an entertaining autobiography, a delightful adventure story, a very funny comedy, a wise self-help guide, an inspiring argument for love and family, and a candid tale of spiritual and personal discovery. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, co-author of Conscious
“It shouldn’t surprise you that this book is good, but it will surprise you just how good it is. Wise and entertaining, this is an inspiring memoir and how-to from one of the great outlaw philosophers and artists of our time.” Ryan Holiday, author of The Daily Stoic

“This is not a traditional memoir, or an advice book, but rather a playbook based on adventures in my life. Adventures that have been significant, enlightening, and funny, sometimes because they were meant to be but mostly because they didn’t try to be.”

Matthew McConaughey has kept a diary for thirty-five of his fifty years, and recently worked up the courage to take those writings into solitary confinement and read through them. He found not only stories, questions, truths, and affirmations, but also a reliable theme. Greenlights is an album and a record of what he has seen and learned along the way—“my sights and seens, felts and figured outs, cools and shamefuls.”

In Greenlights, readers will learn about many of the adventures and formative moments in McConaughey’s life, and the sense of meaning he’s found through his philosophy of the same name. From growing up as an adventurous kid in a tough-love Texas home of rule breakers, to revelatory journeys to Australia, Peru, and Mali, to his early days in Hollywood and meteoric rise to fame, McConaughey shares how his life experiences have instilled in him the importance of competent values, the power of new experiences, and, as he puts it, “either changing your reality or changing how you see it.”

Written with candor, humor, and profound insight and humility, the uniquely McConaughey Greenlightsis an unconventional portrait of an unconventional artist and a wise road map to navigating a life of more greenlights—one that recognizes that the red and yellow lights eventually turn green, too.

Matthew McConaughey

About Matthew McConaughey

Academy Award–winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it’s okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day’s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor.

In 2009, Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019, McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. McConaughey is also brand ambassador for Lincoln Motor Company, an owner of the Major League Soccer club Austin FC, and co-creator of his favorite bourbon on the planet, Wild Turkey Longbranch.

Reese Witherspoon

About Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award-winning American actress who has also made a foray into film production. Witherspoon started off as a teenage actor and through her roles in television as well as films and mini-series; she managed to get a foothold in Hollywood. She is famous for roles in films like ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Four Christmases’ and plenty of other romantic comedies.

However, it would be a mistake to typecast Reese Witherspoon as a specialist of romantic comedies since throughout her career she has come up with stupendous performances in intense films like ‘Walk the Line’, ‘Wild’, ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Rendition’. Witherspoon is one of those rare actresses who have successfully struck a balance between commercial success and critical appreciation, which is why it is not a surprise that she is considered among the most bankable stars in Hollywood. Witherspoon has also been an advocate children’s and women’s welfare across the world and is actively involved with the Children’s Defence Fund. It is not an exaggeration to state that Reese Witherspoon is one of the greatest modern stars in Hollywood and her range of films will continue to enthrall audiences for generations.

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