Matthew McConaughey’s memoir Greenlights topped Amazon’s best sellers list this week and has remained on the best-seller lists since its October 2020 release — outlasting other recent high-profile memoirs — highlighting the actor’s enduring popularity as he weighs a potential run for Texas governor.
Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during HISTORYTalks Leadership & Legacy at Carnegie Hall on … [+] February 29, 2020 in New York City.
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McConaughey’s book — a compilation of his diaries — made Amazon’s nonfiction bestseller list for the 36th week straight, most weeks holding the №1 or №2 spot.
Greenlights was also №4 on the New York Times’ list for combined print and e-book nonfiction sales — its 36th week on that list as well — and is №6 on the Wall Street Journal’s list for hardcover nonfiction.
Other recently released memoirs only lasted on Amazon’s best-seller list for a fraction of Greenlights’ run, including books by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (seven weeks), Kobe Bryant (four weeks), Dolly Parton (two weeks), Jerry Seinfeld (two weeks) and Mariah Carey (three weeks).
312,496. That’s how many print copies of Greenlights have sold so far in 2021 as of June 26, according to NPD BookScan data published by Publishers Weekly.
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McConaughey has not yet committed to a gubernatorial run, saying on Ellen in May running for the position was “something I’m trying to look in the eye and give honest consideration.” “Where am I most useful to the most amount of people and to myself and my family?” McConaughey added, however, noting he may be “more useful as a free agent in another position.” If he does run, however, polling has shown he would be a viable contender for the role. A recent Quinnipiac poll found 41% of Texas voters wanted McConaughey to run for governor, including slim majorities of Democrats and Independents, putting him on par with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and just below the 46% of voters who believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott should be reelected. McConaughey also had the lowest unfavorable rating of any potential gubernatorial candidate at 20%, while his favorable rating of 42% was second only to Abbott’s.
McConaughey won an Academy Award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and is known for his work on the television show True Detective and in numerous other films such as Dazed and Confused, Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days. The actor, who is based in Austin, has been floating a gubernatorial run since last year, telling radio host Hugh Hewitt in November 2020 he wouldn’t rule the idea out. “I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me,” McConaughey said. “It would be up to the people more than it would me.” It’s unclear how the actor would be affiliated should he run for governor, however, as McConaughey describes his views as “aggressively centrist.” Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, has said the party would “welcome” the actor should he choose to run as a Democrat.
Matthew McConaughey Wrote the Book on Matthew McConaughey (New York Times)