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Now in paperback, the national bestselling riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all—and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks.

In his fifties, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a mansion in the suburbs, a wife and loving children, a six-figure salary, and an Ivy League education. But in a few short years, he lost his job, got divorced, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. With no money or health insurance, he was forced to get a job at Starbucks. Having gone from power lunches to scrubbing toilets, from being served to serving, Michael was a true fish out of water.

But fate brings an unexpected teacher into his life who opens his eyes to what living well really looks like. The two seem to have nothing in common: She is a young African American, the daughter of a drug addict; he is used to being the boss but reports to her now. For the first time in his life he experiences being a member of a minority trying hard to survive in a challenging new job. He learns the value of hard work and humility, as well as what it truly means to respect another person.

Behind the scenes at one of America’s most intriguing businesses, an inspiring friendship is born, a family begins to heal, and, thanks to his unlikely mentor, Michael Gill at last experiences a sense of self-worth and happiness he has never known before.

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?In the best tradition of "The New Yorker", "How Starbucks Saved My Life" is 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 Life" works 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"



aIn the best tradition of "The New Yorker," "How Starbucks Saved My Life" is one great read.a
a"The Wall Street Journal"
aAn intriguing look behind the counter of one of the worldas most recognizable brands.a
a"The Christian Science Monitor"
a"How Starbucks Saved My Life" works as an interesting memoir of one manas transformation. But it could also work as a wake-up call to corporate America.a
a"Minneapolis Star Tribune"

"A great lesson in finding your highest self in the unlikeliest of places-- proof positive that there is no way to happiness-- rather, happiness is the way."
Wayne Dyer, author of "Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling"
"I like my Starbucks, but I loved this book. It hit me emotionally and intellectually, right in the gut. The message, what the world needs to embrace most, made my cup runneth over!
Dr. Denis Waitley, author of "The Seeds of Greatness"
""How Starbucks Saved My Life" is based on the simple idea that down-to-earth, humbling labor can help you re-orient your values and priorities and give you new life. It will speak to anyone in need of radical surgery on their worldview, and that includes most of us. Sit down with a cup of coffee and this book and entertain yourself toward enlightenment."
Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul, Dark Nights of the Soul," and "The Worth of Our Work"

About the Author

The son of New Yorker writer Brendan Gill, Michael Gates Gill was a creative director at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, where he was employed for over twenty-five years. He lives in New York within walking distance of the Starbucks store where he works, and has no plans to retire from what he calls the best job he’s ever had.

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An Ounce of Pretension is worth a Pound of Manure
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
Being simply written, I read this book about as fast as I can read a book and it just didn''t seem to go anywhere and lacked any depth. Way too many times the author took events at Starbucks as an opportunity for name dropping via flashbacks, which got tiring very fast.... See more
Being simply written, I read this book about as fast as I can read a book and it just didn''t seem to go anywhere and lacked any depth. Way too many times the author took events at Starbucks as an opportunity for name dropping via flashbacks, which got tiring very fast.

With Gates being a man of privilege, one wonders if he ultimately failed at his big executive job simply because he never made it to the high level that he reached on his own, and it eventually caught up with him. As did his family life.

I am glad that he humbly enjoyed serving others while at Starbucks. That''s a good lesson for all of us. He also seemed to reconcile some issues with some of his family, which was uplifting.

The story just doesn''t translate into something worth writing a book about, in my opinion.
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What a lovely book!
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2017
So well written, heartfelt, moving, inspiring, and loving. I especially liked the quotes from Starbucks cups at the beginning of the chapters. I had no problem, as some reviewers did, with the author''s harking back to scenes from his earlier life. It showed true inner... See more
So well written, heartfelt, moving, inspiring, and loving. I especially liked the quotes from Starbucks cups at the beginning of the chapters. I had no problem, as some reviewers did, with the author''s harking back to scenes from his earlier life. It showed true inner awareness and self honesty to compare the two and what he had learned about the difference. This was a coming of age story for a sixty four year old man. You don''t get to read one of them every day. I could barely put it down. Congratulations to the author and may your life continue to be filled with joy. I have a new appreciation of the corporate ethos behind Starbucks.
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This is a simple and sweet read. The author is sometimes a bit over-the-top ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2016
I wanted to give 4.5 stars but since that wasn''t possible I felt 5 was most appropriate. This is a simple and sweet read. The author is sometimes a bit over-the-top in his self-deprecation (he can be awfully unforgiving of his faults, flaws and mistakes!) but he was so... See more
I wanted to give 4.5 stars but since that wasn''t possible I felt 5 was most appropriate. This is a simple and sweet read. The author is sometimes a bit over-the-top in his self-deprecation (he can be awfully unforgiving of his faults, flaws and mistakes!) but he was so genuine that I couldn''t help but find myself really liking him. It was Mr. Gill''s sincerity and vulnerability that won me over and I found myself feeling truly invested in his journey.

*SPOILER ALERT* I had expected some sort of lottery win-type of ending, where the hero is restored to his former glory, or whatever, but it was satisfyingly "normal". It was Mr. Gill''s sincerity and vulnerability that won me over and I found myself feeling truly invested in his journey.
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Heartwarming
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
Michael Gill grew up in a well-off family, went to Yale, and got a great job in advertising. In his fifties, he loses his job and family through divorce. In his early sixties, he happens to be at Starbucks during a job fair and, in his desperation, accepts a job as a... See more
Michael Gill grew up in a well-off family, went to Yale, and got a great job in advertising. In his fifties, he loses his job and family through divorce. In his early sixties, he happens to be at Starbucks during a job fair and, in his desperation, accepts a job as a barista. Now he’s working with people he wouldn’t have ever been friendly with and is performing work he never would’ve considered such as cleaning bathrooms and working a register. His new boss is a young black woman. This is a humbling experience and Michael, who is now known as Mike, reflects upon his former life with new eyes. This is a truly heartwarming story and there are many lessons here. If only we could all step into someone else’s shoes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book but was surprised to find numerous small errors in it.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
When an advertising executive lost his job when the company was bought out, and he was replaced with a younger person, he lost his identity. After his attempt to go solo fizzled, he needed a job, and accidentally found himself being hired to work at Starbucks. Working at... See more
When an advertising executive lost his job when the company was bought out, and he was replaced with a younger person, he lost his identity. After his attempt to go solo fizzled, he needed a job, and accidentally found himself being hired to work at Starbucks. Working at a job that he once would have considered beneath him, he found out what ''humanity'' and ''humility'' really mean. In the process, he began to connect with his basic values- and to his nearly grown children. It is overly repetitive. His hesitancy in learning parts of his job made me wonder how he had ever kept his executive job at the ad agency.
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a good read if you need to believe in people again
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2012
I had to review this book because the people on Amazon who gave it one star seem a little harsh in their criticism. Yes the book is about 63 year-old Michael Gill who hangs out at the Starbucks and eventually gets a job there. Sounds simple enough, right? But remember - the... See more
I had to review this book because the people on Amazon who gave it one star seem a little harsh in their criticism. Yes the book is about 63 year-old Michael Gill who hangs out at the Starbucks and eventually gets a job there. Sounds simple enough, right? But remember - the man is 63 years old, has been in upper-management practically his whole life, and his family comes from money. In other words, the man has the outlook of society owing him - not necessarily the other way around. This is where Starbucks comes in.

I found the book to be delightful. The only issue I had with it were that the people that worked at the Starbucks were so friendly! I have not experienced this at the majority of Starbucks I''ve been to. And, having worked in retail most of my life, I could relate how nerve-racking it can be to run a register for the first time (remember the man is 63) and I can''t imagine what it would be like to make drinks with people shouting things at you - let alone trying to be friendly to the customers.

I found this book to be a heart-warming story about a rich man who finds that there is another side to people & how they live their lives besides what he''s known his whole life. I found the writing to be normal- just like a guy who hangs out at the Starbucks - and I found the editing to be well done. The book gives you hope in people & how an ordinary day can change your life for the better.

In the acknowledgements the author gives a thanks to Tom Hanks who played his character in the movie version of the book. I Googled it & it currently sites the movie as in development. Tom Hanks would be a perfect person to play Michael Gill. I just hope that the movie sticks to the books'' facts.
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A Sweet Tale of Redemption
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2010
Why do I like this book, perhaps it is because I can relate in some way to Michael Gill''s story. While not coming from a wealthy family of privilege, I had a very good good position with a regional healthcare company and found myself gone right before the holidays. Unlike... See more
Why do I like this book, perhaps it is because I can relate in some way to Michael Gill''s story. While not coming from a wealthy family of privilege, I had a very good good position with a regional healthcare company and found myself gone right before the holidays. Unlike Michael, I did not stumble for a long time but quickly found myself in retail, selling fine china and crystal at a department store.

As Michael describes his experience closing the store, I found myself smiling and nodding my head as I recalled the first time I was assigned to close my department. Just like Michael, as a fish out of water and in a strange work culture, I recall how eager I was to please my supervisor, who was younger and less educated.

So what are the take aways from this enjoyable tale? First and foremost there is dignity in manual labor. This is something that is so overlooked in our society. Second and almost equally as important is that one can turn their life around, one can screw up and Michael did screw up big time, especially in the eyes of the society he grew up in. However, through some sheer stroke of chance Crystal was there throwing Michael his life line and he grabbed it. Lastly, don''t judge a book by its cover, in this case don''t judge your fellow man by their appearance. Michael learned that good and decent people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Those who helped him at Starbucks were people he would in his former life never had said hello to.

Michael Gates Gill has given us a story of redemption, a story that we don''t often hear. This is a read that I recommend for the 50+ crowd who have been through the ups and downs of life. Many will find part of their life''s story in Michael''s journey to a better and much more fuller life.
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Simple but effective
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2008
Many of the reviewers so far seem to be injecting their own biases into their interpretation of this book. We all do that, I suppose, but usually not to such a distracting degree. This seems to be a rather polarizing work. I''ve read better-written books but I... See more
Many of the reviewers so far seem to be injecting their own biases into their interpretation of this book. We all do that, I suppose, but usually not to such a distracting degree. This seems to be a rather polarizing work.

I''ve read better-written books but I was consistently impressed with how willing Mr. Gill is to expose his psyche. I could almost envision a therapist giving him the assignment to write this memoir so he could start healing. His life was obviously difficult for him to assimilate (although some of us may sneer at the concept of a life of privilege being difficult). As to the name-dropping, I thought the original purpose of name-dropping was to impress or even intimidate one''s listeners/readers. Mr. Gill is merely sharing his experiences.

It seems to me that he is still dealing with feelings of inferiority and perhaps a little shame at daring to write a book which will inevitably be compared to the journalistic stylings of his larger-than-life father. A great writer he is not, but he seems to be a good human being with a good story to tell.

Personally, I am intrigued by the whole Starbuck''s experience, as a customer, and I was interested and moved to read Mr. Gill''s story from the vantage point of a "Partner." As someone close to his age, it is good to know that if the job I currently have and love were to fall apart, there is someone out there who has successfully started over and grown from the experience.
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Booooooringgggg
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2007
I couldn''t agree more with Mrs Ridings (below). Although the author repeatedly says that he is so at peace with his new career, he keeps relating to all the big things he did in his past career, so you keep thinking that he in fact isn''t at peace with it at all - and I...See more
I couldn''t agree more with Mrs Ridings (below). Although the author repeatedly says that he is so at peace with his new career, he keeps relating to all the big things he did in his past career, so you keep thinking that he in fact isn''t at peace with it at all - and I therefore found the book a bit tedious. Strangely enough, I did find myself sympathising with the author throughout the book. I bought this book to get to know a bit more about the Starbuck''s business in a more playful way than reading a management book. And I did.
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recommended recommended very recommended and very interesting and very good buy and very good value for money and very easy reading
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This book was recommended to me by my sister in Canada,She had enjoyed it,I found it a very uplifting story, well. written & funny . Mavis
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