The Tao of Bill Murray

The Tao of Bill Murray

Real-life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

Book - 2016
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Perfect for the Bill Murray fan in all of us, this epic collection of "Bill Murray stories"--many reported for the first time here--distills a set of guiding principles out of his extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

No one will ever believe you.

New York Times bestselling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray--in particular the beloved actor's adventures off-screen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear. But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan--which is to say, everyone.

Praise for The Tao of Bill Murray

"When confronted by life's challenges and opportunities, we should all be asking ourselves, 'What would Bill Murray do?' This book actually has the answers." --Jay Duplass, writer, director, actor, fan of Bill Murray

"[Gavin Edwards] captures Murray's enigmatic, comic genius." -- The Washington Post

"Rib-tickling." -- Newsday

"If you are among the multitudes who have a Bill Murray story (viz: 'I was in the airport bar, and who sat down next to me but Bill Murray?'), The Tao of Bill Murray will speak to you." -- Elle

"Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness. . . . A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray's unconventional and fun-loving life. . . . Murray's fans are sure to savor [it] and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the actor and his work." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"I just can't fathom how anyone could not like the man. He lives as much as possible by his own rules; this is a guy who doesn't buy round-trip airline tickets because he prefers to make decisions on the fly. That old question of the three people you'd most like to have dinner with? I'd pick Bill Murray and leave the other two chairs empty just to see who he pulls over to join us. . . . You will love The Tao of Bill Murray . Period." -- GeekDad

"A hilarious read--occasionally heartwarming, sometimes head-scratching. . . . Sure to please Murray fans." -- Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780812998702
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 MURRAY B
Characteristics: xii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sikoryak, R. - Illustrator


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Jun 04, 2018

If you really like Bill Murray, you'll probably like this book. I liked him less after reading the book (he's kind of a jerk). The final 108 numbingly boring pages of the book contained a synopsis/critique of each one of his movies. Every. Single. One.

Nov 17, 2017

I have a confession. I'm not a movie watcher. Bill Murray, therefore, is just a trivia answer for me. The reason I picked up this book is that the title had the word "Tao" in it. The book did not disappoint. Bill Murray is an excellent example of a person living his life according to Lao Tze's Tao Te Jing. For example "There are many ways to be a spontaneous free spirit. One of them is to act before you think; throw up your body into the moment and let your mind catch up." I enjoyed reading the book and might even model my life on him in some ways. The last chapter, "The films of Murray," gave a good summary of Bills roles and acting methods.

Sep 15, 2017

This book is an opportunity to hangout with Bill Murray. Full of stories of Bill Murray's off screen antics, never told stories of Murray during filming. And most entertaining are the stories of chance encounters with Bill Murray. And a glimpse on how we might all strive to live.

Feb 06, 2017

Enjoyable book about the exploits of Bill Murray outside of his movies.

Cynthia_N Jan 28, 2017

Fun and interesting read but I believe I would have enjoyed it more if it would have been an autobiography. Fun fact: Bill Murray is taller than you think. 6' 2" Although the book says 6'3" or 6'4". I thought about it and realized they were right. Taller than I thought.


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