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Thought Provoking...but...

  • Sep 2, 2009
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This memoir was highly recommended to me. I enjoyed the details shared about the inner workings of a Starbucks store. I appreciate knowing that a barista at Starbucks is treated well and valued by the company. I'm glad that Michael Gates Gill or Mike has found a new purpose and a new life while learning that six figure incomes don't buy happiness. But, the book bogged for me. There is a lot of name dropping and memories of famous folks entertained by his famous father and socialite mother. Gill also uses the book as a very long apology for letting his kids down. I can't recommend it to those who like snappy biographies or memoirs, it moves a little slow. But those who really like to ponder and to enjoy a bit of nostalgia might find this to be a cozy, thought-provoking read.

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September 02, 2009
Interesting, Donna. I could see that. The friend who recommended it sent it home with me...and well, he claimed it really made a difference in his life. As I read it, I sure didn't feel that way. But, I also don't struggle with the same issues as my friend. If it's a planned memoir, that makes me even sadder for his kids. : (. I do hope he's sincere...but am cynical enough to think you are probably right. Thanks for adding your 2 cents.
September 02, 2009
Hi Kelly....I picked up this book, paged through it and quickly put it back on the shelf....as you say, just too slow. Also, I think the book was a setup from the gitco. this guy has an agent and a P.R. person and I read where a film or movie of the week was/is being made. This guy is no ordinary Joe who went to work for Starbucks.....it was all planned from the beginning. I know their tricks, as I used to be a publicist.... regards....Donna
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