Saturday, March 6, 2010

3rd Quarter Reading Review

How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill. Gotham Books, 2007. Autobiography

How Starbucks Saved My Life is about a man named Michael Gates Gill. He went from a successful, rich, and busy man to an average, common, and happy man. In this book he tells his story of how his life declined and how he wanted to give up, until the day a young woman named Crystal offered him the job of his dreams. He then learns that money and fame isn't everything, but it's the love of your family and friends that counts.

"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." says Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling.

The book How Starbucks Saved My Life has a very unique writing style. While Michael Gates is telling us about his present life, he also writes about his past and what it was like. In the story, the reader learns how Michael's life goes down the tubes. First, he was downsized at work, then an affair ended his twenty-year marriage, and he was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor. All seemed bad to Michael, until a woman named Crystal offered a job to him at Starbucks. At first he was embarrassed about his job, but as time goes by Michael learns that his true happiness is working at Starbucks. While reading the story, the reader can know exactly what Michael is thinking and feels. This book is very well written because it shows how someone can still hold their head high after they've lost everything.

"Still, I had grown so close to these Partners, and part of me ached that they hadn't worked their schedules to be there with me on my final day." (252)

I have never really liked reading biographies or autobiographies, but the title of this book sure pulled me in. The book made me realized that I have a pretty good life and don't have to deal with depressing events like Michael Gates Gill. He used to value fame and money, but he then realized that family and friends is the most important and it was Starbucks that helped him realize it. Before I never noticed anything special about Starbucks, but after reading this book I sense a warm feeling walking into the store. It also helped me cherish my family and friends because you never know what might happen tomorrow. In the book, I've learned that Starbucks Partners (workers) try to create a friendly and welcoming feeling with everything they do. Now every time I see a Starbucks store I have a smile across my face and have a new and different way of looking at it because that I'll always be welcomed there.

1 comment:

  1. 1. The essay's thesis is, "The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Santiago goes through many decisions like choosing to go fishing without the boy, waiting for the marlin, and fighting off the sharks, so he had to face their consequences." It is very clear and it does get the reader engaged because they wonder what decisions he had to make.

    2. “I wish I had the boy. To help me and see this.”(48) was the quote used. It was a good quote to help make the point. It is also one of the many times the old man did think of the boy out on the skiff. This one is very sincere, and it shows how much the old man needs and relies on the boy.

    3. I think this essay has very strong organization. The quote(s) are in the right places and and it explains the points and argument very clearly. It isn't too much summary, and it makes sense. The old man at the beginning of the book pretended to reject the boy, but during his whole trip he was wishing the boy was there. “I wish I had the boy. To help me and see this.”(48).

    4. I think the weakest part of the essay would be the conclusion. It isn't as captivating or interesting as the introduction. Also, she needs at least four quotes in the essay. Maybe put two quotes in a supporting paragraph, or one in the conclusion or intro.