The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

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5.6 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Gavin Edwards is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including Last Night at the Viper Room, Can I Say (written with Travis Barker), VJ (written with the original MTV VJs), and 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy. As a longtime contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he has written a dozen cover stories for the magazine, traveled the world from Bahrain to New Zealand, and taken a city bus to the Grammys. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their two sons.


"Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer."--Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day

"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


"There have been greater, weightier testaments to the art of cinema published in 2016 . . . but for sheer dopamine release, [The Tao of Bill Murray is] hard to beat."--The New York Times Book Review

"I enjoyed the book so much. Edwards shows us how Murray uses his star power to bring surprise and delight into random people's daily lives. Whether it's showing up uninvited to a NYC kickball game or stopping in to a bachelor party to give unsolicited advice on love and marriage, it does seem Murray is trying to tell us something about joy and spontaneity. So, I think it's high time we all listened."--NPR

"A must for any fan of Bill Murray . . . Shoot, [Edwards] has sat through every Bill Murray movie, including Where The Buffalo Roam and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, so he deserves credit for that endeavor alone. Credit is also due, though, for this paean to Bill Murray."--The Free Lance-Star

"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

"Everybody has a Bill Murray story. Okay, not everybody, but author Gavin Edwards found enough people with quirky tales of the infamously impulsive actor to fill a book. . . . An enchanting and insightful collection of everyday moments turned magical thanks to Murray's sly pranks, beneficent deeds, and delightful intrusions on the hoi polloi."--Crave

"Hilarious and profound."--Shelf Awareness

"As much as I love Gavin Edwards's wonderful The Tao of Bill Murray, I can't help but feel sad that Bill Murray has never covered my eyes on a street corner."--Moby

And other Tao writers welcome Gavin Edwards to the brotherhood:

"Bill Murray seems to have shambled, stumbled, joked, surprised, party-crashed and acted his way to the Tao. However he got there, we're all better off for him having demonstrated his unique way."--Gary Dudney, author of The Tao of Running

"Capturing the spirit of a man who actively defies logic is like chasing a mustang through the desert in your skivvies. Luckily Edwards had some help: In this rowdy little book, he collects potent tales from people who experienced something strange and intangible: the zany antics of a trickster whose improvisation skills on stage and screen are nothing compared to his sometimes gallant, sometimes ridiculous, always dauntless improvisations with life."--Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus

"Mercurial, paradoxical, spontaneous, contrarian, whimsical, benevolent, lighthearted yet deadly earnest: these terms aptly describe both the precepts of the Tao Te Ching and the man known as Bill Murray. Moreover, Murray embodies all of these qualities without even knowing it, easily qualifying him for Taoist of the Month. This collection of bizarre, heartwarming, and hilarious stories will give his fans greater appreciation of his unorthodox approach to life."--Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil., author of The Tao of Dating

"This book defies description, like Bill Murray himself. That's oddly appropriate, since the Tao is beyond words. Murray has certainly blazed a unique and unusual path through his life. May this book inspire you to do the same through yours!"--Derek Lin, author of The Tao of Daily Life

"The practice of a Taoist is to make his Way on earth groove in balance and harmony with the Great Way of Heaven. The Way of Bill Murray is to find heavenly humor in the most mundane affairs of life on earth."--Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity

"#intoxicating #strangerthanfiction #murrayforpresident"--Mark W. Schaefer, author of The Tao of Twitter

"I thought I knew the true path to enlightenment--until I read The Tao of Bill Murray."--Mary Buffett, co-author of The Tao of Warren Buffett

"The principles of Tao make sense in relation to recovery--who thought it was a good idea to discuss some comedian in those terms?"--Jim McGregor, author of The Tao of Recovery