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  • Author:
    michael-gates-gill
  • ISBN:
    1863255354
  • ISBN13:
    978-1863255356
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    Bantam Books (2007)
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How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else is a memoir by Michael Gates Gill that chronicles his journey from a high-level advertising executive with J. Walter Thompson to a barista at Starbucks

How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else is a memoir by Michael Gates Gill that chronicles his journey from a high-level advertising executive with J. Walter Thompson to a barista at Starbucks. The book has been optioned by Tom Hanks for a film; filmmaker Gus Van Sant has also been in talks to direct. Gill is the son of famed The New Yorker writer Brendan Gill, and the brother of Charles Gill, author of the 1987 fiction book The Boozer Challenge.

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The Riches-to-Rags Story of a Man Who Had It All, Then Lost It All, And Found It Again. Have you ever wanted-when life is too hard to bear-to return to the comfort of your childhood home? I had been the only son of adoring if often absent parents, and now I wanted to recapture some sense of the favored place I had once occupied in the universe. I found myself back on East Seventy-eighth Street, staring across at the four-story brownstone where I had grown up. I had a sudden image of a crane hoisting a Steinway grand piano into the second-floor living room.

Michael Gill had it made. He was educated, wealthy and well-connected. Then he loses it all. He is fired by a young exec whom he had mentored

Michael Gill had it made. He had a creative and lucrative advertising job, which he loved and which he was good at, and a model family and home life. He is fired by a young exec whom he had mentored. He has an extramarital affair that destroys his family and results in a newborn son. Then he is diagnosed with brain cancer. He has no insurance, no income. His new-found empathy teaches him how anyone who has lost their way, or made a mistake, can start again. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The Riches-to-Rags Story of a Man Who Had It All, Then Lost It All, And Found It Again

The Riches-to-Rags Story of a Man Who Had It All, Then Lost It All, And Found It Again. This is the true, surprising story of an old white man who was kicked out of the top of the American Establishment, by chance met a young African-American woman from a completely different background, and came to learn what is important in life. He was born into privilege on the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan, she into poverty in the projects in Brooklyn.

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One man's true story of losing everything then learning what life is really about by working at Starbucks.

Delari
This 268-page paperback make a great and easy read after a long day. After being fired from a great advertising company (JW Thompson), at age 60 and beyond, Gordon is very lucky to find a job with a local Starbucks store in New York.

He describes his struggle to fit in with a team of partners 40 years younger than himself, mopping the floor and cleaning the toilets, working the registry, opening and closing the store, to the satisfaction of his boss Crystal. So far so good.

Having been a regular Starbucks customer for the past three and a half years, Gill's book helped me getting a better understanding of the various challenges and values Starbucks barista are meeting on a daily basis. Some of them i knew, such as showing respect for customers and guests. There is nothing more affirming than having my name trumpeted from the espresso bar when i enter the store, even after a three-month hiatus. "These guys do remember me!"

I could say much more about Gordon's earlier life, his family, his corporate background, and some of these are addressed by other reviewers. In this review, however, i wish to focus on a perceived tendency by Gordon to revert to NAME-DROPPING, completely out-of-context with his narrative. I found no less than seven (n-7) such examples of annoying name-dropping, which add nothing to Gordon's narrative, except perhaps to impress his unsuspecting readers:
1. His visit to Spain in 1959, meeting Ernest Hemingway in the square of Pamplona (pp. 118-125, 8 pages total);
2. Forcing his way into Muhammad Ali's locker room in order to get an impromptu poem from the great boxing champion (pp. 152-154, 3 pages);
3. Blundering into a tea with the queen of England [...] and her husband, the duke of Edinburgh (pp. 182-183];
4. Gordon remembers meeting [Frank Sinatra] one night in Toots Shor's bar in New York (pp, 187-188);
5. Gordon's laborious account of his father's death (pp. 212-218, 7 pages);
6. Gordon's inordinate attention to his children, especially Annie, when he had neglected them so much before (pp. 229-232);
7. There is another one about meeting Jackie Kennedy, but the precise reference escapes me for now.

All this is to say, that, although Gordon had become more humble and self-effacing in his new role as a barista at Starbucks, he still relishes recalling the great moments that made his earlier life truly impressive, yet not lasting.
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Inerrace
I loved this book. I wish I hadn't given it away. I just checked Amazon to see if I could pick up a cheap paperback copy, but NO! LOL. I worked in advertising/marketing, so I could relate to those parts. And I grew up working in my dad's grocery stores, from about age 7. A lot of what he taught me about a good work ethic and respecting customers is the same stuff this author had to learn at age 60+. I'm grateful I learned it as a kid. It's an easy read and an entertaining story.
Mala
Loved this book.