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

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,415 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer. Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day.
This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories, many of which have never before been reported, spotlights the star's extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

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Hardcover, 354 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Random House (first published September 8th 2016)
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Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL fans of Bill Murray
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Book trailer:
(The trailer consists of one of the stories included in the book-one of my favorites, actually.)

This book was everything that I hoped it would be, plus some!

If you're like me, you have a fondness for Bill Murray. You've probably heard stories about how he crashes we
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This was my 200th review of the year and the one that completed my 2016 Challenge. Perfect timing is perfect : )

Now, let's get on with the show . . . .

“Do you have any regrets?
“Garfield, maybe.”

As the opening lines of this book state . . . .

“Bill Murray has shown up everywhere, from the sideline of the 1986 NFC Championship Game, wearing an old-fashioned leather football helmet, to the Mediterranean island of Yeronisos, vol
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir
If you enjoy Bill Murray, this a good read. Some interesting stories about his escapades, but not really a memoir or biography. Murray will probably always remain an enigma, but that's just part of who he is. I've always loved his comedy and he's also done some fine films. ...more
The Tao of Bill Murray. Extremely apt.

On the surface, this book is half stories and anecdotes of people's Murray encounters. Half a review of his movies. Correction: a brief recap of the movie then the story of how the producers managed to catch the free flying Murray and get him to agree to do the movie. Plus any other interesting anecdotes related to the filming.

Bill's gotten quite a reputation for being off the wall, eccentric, and not the easiest actor to work with. We learn his life philos
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is all about the awesomeness that is Bill Murray. And seriously, is there anyone who doesn't love Bill Murray? Still, even after reading this book, I find him more of an enigma than I did before. This book isn't his life story or anything of that sort, although it does provide a brief biography and a whole section recounting every single movie he's ever done. But the focus here are the quirky and offbeat things Murray has become famous for in recent years, encounters with regular peopl ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
BSBPL | Dragged. | So, several times while reading I thought to myself "geeze, this is just a compilation of those stories you read online from time to time. I thought there would be more meat to it!" When I finished the book I had it face-down on my lap and noticed that the back cover text says "But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes." No. Look, it's just not. Unless they're talking about the full 108 pages of plot synopses for each and every movie role Mur ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Six people left in the world and one of them is Bill ******* Murray”.

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I just kept thinking about the scene in Zombieland with Murray and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). There is just something about Bill Murray that seeps through every character he plays, you want to laugh with him, even if he is laughing at you. Fan or not, this book of stories about him is delightful. “Even when he’s engaged in everyday activities, Bill seems suffused with
BAM Endlessly Booked
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, memoirs, own, humor
This was my feel-good book of the year! Murray is the master of the impulsive, joyous action. Whether it's driving so the vague an practice his sax or throwing eighty year old women into sand bunkers at the Pro-Am, crashing college dorm parties or bachelor parties, or leading children in a dance-off there doesn't seem to be anything Murray will not do. He is a man who lives without an aim or a map, no to-do list or contracts. He has no agent or publicist. He works through 800 numbers and PO boxe ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
If this book had stayed with Bill Murray's iconic status as a general urban legend, I would have rated this book higher. I absolutely love reading stories about strange things that various historic people do. Even though I'm familiar with a lot of Murray's antics, they were fun to hear and really get them hashed out. I would love to meet Bill Murray in real life. He seems like an odd, down to earth guy. Someone you can get along with. I've grown up with him more as this urban legend than a film ...more
Rod Horncastle
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Basically a biography of Bill Murray and his shenanigans. Very amusing.

I've been a Bill Murray fan ever since I saw the movie "Meatballs". He's played that same character in about 25 movies. And I enjoy it! But he's also a butthead at times (pretty sure he knows it too.)

This isn't really a biography, it's more of a look at how he behaves in numerous social settings and work related atmospheres. Of course, some people with shallow philosophies - like to imagine that Bill Murray is Deep and Philos
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I somehow stumbled upon these stories last year. In my quest for watching interesting documentaries I watched Bill Murray Storis by Tommy Avallone. The documentary like this book contained stories of strange Bill Murray sightings/interactions with ordinary people. Bill wasn't directly involved in both these projects but both writer/filmmaker met him at some point. This book was my attempt to know more about this mysterious man. The thirst created by the documentary has been quenched to an extent ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this for the same reason everyone else read this- I love Bill Murray. Unfortunately this isn't really a book. It's more like a blog post or a Buzzfeed list. The many stories of Bill surprising fans and bringing joy to unsuspecting bystanders were great. Why the author chose to list and review Bill's filmography is something that I don't understand. The final straw was when Edwards insulted Space Jam. I knew at that point that he and I could never be friends. ...more
Sarah Hadd
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This book was so uplifting and sweet. I was disappointed to read in a different book that Bill was so hard to work with. Maybe so, but he is one hell of a guy anyway. ❤️
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for Bill Murray, and the first half of this book was really interesting (for any true Bill Murray fan), it was fun, and very well laid out, I loved it, but I got lost with the second half (BM's movies), this part is going no where, the pieces about the movies are not reviews per say, not deep enough or reflective of Bill Murray's career, it's just very brief summaries about his movies stuffed with few anecdotes. ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of this book attracted me as I expected something unusual, original and funny. And, while I am sure a lot of the situations described in the book might have been funny in person and at the time, they do not translate well into the written form.

Basically, imagine someone retelling you every single thing that their friend did and that they found funny (think Alyson Hannigan in American Pie going "and this one time, in band camp"). No spoiler here: it was not funny. Mostly it was just awkw
Tristan Alaba
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cool book. The Tao Of Bill Murray is a cool concept, and collecting anecdotes under 10 principles of Bill to illustrate his approach to life is a valuable resource.

I give most books a 5 on the premise that there’s value and anyone considering reading shouldn’t be deterred, and I’d still recommend reading, but going through all his films in the last chapter is a little tedious if you’re not an obsessive fan, and just finishing on his 2016 film, without going to a conclusion is a huge missed oppor
Alicia Miller
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
What can I say? You’ve gotta love Bill Murray! Plus, he’s a Chicago Cubs fan and we take that very seriously around here ;)
This book reads like a tribute to Bill, and is the report of a mixture of life accomplishments, personal commentary, and stories from gleefully shocked recipients of this man’s contagious energy. Awesome book.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a nice easy read that was super interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by Billy Murray and it was fun to realize how much of a weirdo he is. There were some parts of the book where he’s totally inconsiderate, and I really hope what his ex wife says isn’t true, but over all I still love Bill Murray, who doesn’t?
Harriett Milnes
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
What's not to like? ...more
Josiah Hatfield
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Beautiful cover art design and drawings throughout the book. Otherwise, countless anecdotal stories of Murray living in the moment, bringing joy to strangers, and being a pain in the a$$ to all of his friends, family, and colleagues. I'll be a long time fan of Murray as entertainer and would love to run into him on the street. I have a picture of Murray post-Cubs win saved on my desktop to occasionally bring me joy. From all accounts, that's the most I would want from him. The author never turns ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Let’s all ask ourselves that question right now: What does it feel like to be you? What does it feel like to be you? Yeah. It feels good to be you, doesn’t it? It feels good, because there’s one thing that you are — you’re the only one that’s you, right?

So you’re the only one that’s you, and we get confused sometimes — or I do, I think everyone does — you try to compete. You think, "Damn it, someone else is trying to be me. Someone else is trying to be me!" But I don’t have to armor myself agai
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Gavin Edwards for a delightful and fun read about the hilarious Bill Murray. It seems that what you see is really what you get, plus some. Bill is a real and generous person who sets out every day to not only to have a great day but make someone else's day great as well. Apparently he's know for his random acts of kindness along with his unique brand of silliness. How wonderful is that?! I'll take it. For example, he'll go up to a stranger on the street, cover their eyes ...more
S. Daisy
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting, entertaining look at the zany life and antics of Bill Murray and his impact on the lives of others. The book claims that Bill Murray has made it his mission to “wake people up”, meaning break up their boring daily routines in unexpected ways. These ways may include crashing random strangers’ parties, stealing popcorn from a nearly-seated stranger at a movie theater, pulling his shirt over his head and rubbing his stomach as some newlyweds are trying to have their picture ...more
Martin Happ
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read!

If you're a fan of Bill, this is a great read. Filled with a bunch of little stories about Bill, it's a nice break from the drudgery of everyday life. Gets you thinking about how to be carefree in an entertaining way without being overbearing.
Jason Smith
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
The last 1/3 of the book is just summaries of Bill Murray movies. The first portion is moderately amusing. It seems like the author was reaching both to fill space and write something other than a ghostwritten memoir for Murray.
Mary Sue
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Wouldn't it be fun to relate a Bill Murray antic that involved you personally? He got me early in the book with the way he would come up behind complete strangers, pedestrians at a stoplight, and put his hands over their eyes saying "Guess who?" Then Bill whispers in his ear, "go ahead tell someone, no one will believe you." Anyway it is a fun read, but not enough background to tell me how Bill Murray became this outrageous prankster and improv genius. The antidote driven filmography was less in ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers, particularly fans of Bill Murray
Recommended to Brent by: this fine author, illustrator, and subject, and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
So funny and fun: this makes me want to (A) watch a Bill Murray performance and (B) pull an improvised prank sometime soon.
Highest recommendation.
Patrick Casebeer
Fun and entertaining. Wish it went a little deeper but for what it is, it's one crazy story after another and hilarious. ...more
Rachel Tyndall kluchki
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I love Bill Murray even more than ever.
Nick Anderson
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lighthearted and pleasant read in the form of numerous short anecdotes - several of which have been woven into the fabric of modern folklore and are thus validated - with a healthy dose of inspirational philosophy about living in the present tense.
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