Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How Starbucks Saved My Life


Bought this book and "consumed" it right away last night.

It tells the story of a man who was on top, a member of Skull and Bones from Yale, part of a privileged society, someone who spoke with Hemingway, Thurber, Frost, Eliot and other literary giants and then a high-powered, top-paid guy in a top advertising firm, only to be thrown out at 53, because he was simply too expensive to keep and no longer young. He spent the next ten years struggling as a consultant, lost his identity, had an affair with another woman and impregnated her, and then got divorced, losing everything - his house, his money and his four children - in the process.

Nearly penniless and had no clue about the future, he happened to be in Starbucks while they were having a hiring fair. When he was offered a job (might be a kind of joke), he accepted desperately. It wasn't until he went to work at Starbucks that he found any purpose in life, and finally learnt to care for others and respect for all.

It is a mostly enjoyable, light and easy read. The only setbacks are the writing is somewhat repetitive and the constant glorification of Starbucks (a bit too much).

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