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

3 Ratings: 1.0
A book by Michael Gates Gill

The son ofNew Yorkerwriter Brendan Gill grew up meeting the likes of Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway. A Yale education led to a job at prestigious J. Walter Thompson Advertising. But at 63, the younger Gill's sweet life has gone sour. Long fired from … see full wiki

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Author: Michael Gates Gill
Publisher: Gotham
3 reviews about How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege...
review by . January 18, 2011
A Warm Beverage -- Subtle, Sweet, If A Bit Frothy
Michael Gates Gill’s memoir might easily be subtitled "A Riches to (Cleaning) Rags Story" in which a patrician advertising executive tumbles from grace and finds himself needing a job – any job – with health insurance and a chance to be gainfully occupied. Through serendipity, he accepts a job at Starbucks and starts the long climb to regaining self-respect. With an extra shot. Gill was the son of New Yorker writer Brendan Gill and was brought up in affluence in the …
review by . September 04, 2008
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The premise was great - a man who's had everything pretty much handed to him most of his life loses his job and has to learn the value of hard labor. Along the way he learns that he has been prejudiced and unfair in his perceptions of others.    As great as the premise was, the resulting book was just slightly short of terrible. Gill does not have a talent for writing (to say the least) and the whole memoir sounds like a long conversation. …
review by . October 13, 2007
I really enjoyed this book. I will not bother detailing it as many others have already done it. Suffice it to say that this book combined many things that I love. Lots of talk about coffee and my favorite spot Starbucks, a coming of age story, insights and a candid memoir.    The writing is great and entertaining - very engaging. I felt myself rooting for this man and his new life. This book gives all of us options and hope.    The only negative comment I …
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