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

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    OBVIOUSLY, Michael Gates Gill is STILL well-connected.

    This book is the late-life autobiography of a man who "fell" from privilege, got a job at Starbucks, and encountered a paradigm shift that suddenly made him a more loving father figure/human.

    Awesome.

    But the book isn't very well-written. Some of the sentences aren't even SENTENCES. Beyond that, Gill digresses so much from the story at hand that I often became frustrated and distracted from the point he was trying to make. I found myself thinking "Who edited this book?" on at least 10 different occasions.

    I continued reading (because I can't put down a book I have already begun), and I found out: he used one of his old connections from that former life of privilege to get his shoe in for a B&N featured "best seller."

    Kind of defeats the point there, doesn't it Mikey?


    If you're looking for a "feel good" read, this book is for you. If you're looking for expensive toilet paper, this book is also for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    A 250 page ad for starbucks

    As someone interested in the sociology of class I thought this book might be interesting. Instead, I got nothing but a super-sappy pat on the back for Starbucks. 'Starbucks is great!' 'The coffee at Starbucks is great!' 'The people working for Starbucks are great!' I'm sure that Mr. Gates is living comfortably again after the payoff for this book.

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