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How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else


Gill had all the trappings of success--money, possessions, a prestigious job--and then lost it all. This story of how he is finally redeemed by his ... Show synopsis

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by Karl on Mar 24, 2011

Ugh. A redeye couldn't - heck, not even a blackeye could - jazz this up. Poorly written by a narrator who is . . . well . . . far from relatable. Not even likable. And I AM a middle-aged man who lost a high-power NYC career and was then diagnosed with cancer! This book supposedly tells my story, or a version of it, and I couldn't be bothered to finish it. The narrator displays notions about race, culture and society that are caricatures of an out of touch white man from the 1940s. And even then it would have been a caricature. But he's writing in the present. Oh my! Could have been saved by some truly engaging or lovely writing. Too bad that was missing. Thank God I didn't pay full price for this. Get the latte instead!



by JenWad on Nov 12, 2009

Highlights the key ingredient missing in so many lives: respect.


4 and 1/2 stars

by quasar on Sep 6, 2009

After decades of life as a privileged, white, ivy league male, Gill discovers his rigid attitude and elitism had made him miserable and nearly wrecked his life. After landing at Starbucks, a company that provides excellent training and a positive work environment, he discovered dignity lies within the person, based on how they approach their job. (good thing he didn't land at one of the 'big box' stores, this could have been a very different book. Read Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed" to see what happens with some other, less enlightened employers!)



by MikeA on Feb 14, 2008

This book should be an inspiration to those of us who have been downsized in recent years. It illustrates that a job can be more than just earning a living. Connecting with the public and colleagues, and earning respect and admiration from both, is worth far more than just taking home a big check every week. The author, a former advertising creative director, has created a beautifully written product. Starbucks and author Michael Gates Gill should be extremely proud.



by nuella on Nov 2, 2007

What a nice book, interesting too. Some reviews have made this book seem average, I thought it was a great easy read. Haven't we all been down on our luck at some point in our lives? This book demonstrates a little good work and you can accomplish anything. A very good book.

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