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This is a good memoir about work and friendship.

  • Oct 10, 2009
This is a excellent memoir about how a former advertising executive named Michael Gates Gill finds joy in making and serving coffee working at Starbucks in New York. He learns the value of hard work. He does everything from cleaning toilets, making drinks and working the cash register. I liked reading about his struggles on the job and the pride he gets from doing it. I also liked reading about the friendships he makes with his partners and fellow workers. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter in this book. The quotes are taken from the side of each cup of coffee. They are reflective uplifting quotes. There are quotes from musicians like Wynton Marsallis and Seal. There is also a quote from bronze silver medalist wheelchair basketball player Tiana Tozer included here. This quote is very meaningful to me. How Starbucks Saved My Life is a very enjoyable book.

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“In the best tradition ofThe New Yorker,How Starbucks Saved My Lifeis one great read.”
The Wall Street Journal

“An intriguing look behind the counter of one of the world’s most recognizable brands.”
The Christian Science Monitor

How Starbucks Saved My Lifeworks as an interesting memoir of one man’s transformation. But it could also work as a wake-up call to corporate America.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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ISBN-10: 1592404049
Author: Michael Gates Gill
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing
Publisher: Gotham

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