The inspiring story of a man who had it all, then lost it all, and found it again where he least expected to . . . at Starbucks.
One day as Gill sat in a Manhattan Starbucks with his last affordable luxury - a latte - a young Starbucks manager named Crystal Thompson approached him, half joking, to offer him a job. With nothing to lose, he took it, and went from drinking coffee in a Brooks Brothers suit to serving it in a green uniform.
(from back cover of audio book)
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill is the memoir of a man who lived through a huge life change, attitude change, and discovery of life. Gill learns much about himself after he loses it all and slowly, after accepting a new job he never expected, he begins to truly appreciate and respect the people and the world around him. His anecdotes are funny, his insights are thoughtful, and the changes in his attitudes are rewarding. I loved the quotes before each chapter as well as the history of Starbucks and coffee that Gill provides. I very much enjoyed How Starbucks Saved My Life and recommend it to others.