It was nice to hear about Starbucks from the "inside" considering I'm already an advocate for Starbucks on the outside. I would say the book was a little self-promoting; but it was interesting to hear how Howard Schultz refocused the company during tough economic times. I also had no idea HOW MUCH they were doing from a green perspective and having stores LEED certified, as well as the lengths they go to for Fair Trade and treating their farmers with respect and not taking advantage of them. I remember when the customer service was declining, when they quit asking my name and writing it on my cup, when I'd have a great latte one day, and a not-so-great one the next, when I became more of a number - and after the day they closed all of their stores in the US for 3 hours for espresso training, how my Skinny Vanilla Latte suddenly became a yummy, consistent treat again.
I also love hearing the passion of an entrepreneur; and that even with 17,000+ stores, Howard Schultz still considers himself an entrepreneur. Owning my own business, I know the passion that is required to get up and make a difference every day - and after 25+ years, he still feels it every day.
Not sure what I was expecting ... I actually read the e-book, instead of listening to this one; while it was fun to read her perspective of how she got to where she is now. I was always a fan of her writing and her news on SNL. I think she is very funny and witty; 30 Rock is great, I watch it regularly, but this book was almost more like sitting down to lunch with Tina and she answered the question
Corruption, Revenge, Love
This was a fun first Mary Kay Andrews book! Several of my friends had recommended her, since she usually sets her books in Savannah, or other places around Georgia. I really enjoyed Dempsey's adventures in trying to keep herself safe while being investigated by the FBI for her former boss' political scandal. By the end of the book I was wondering what adventures Dempsey would tackle next ... then forgot that this is not a series! Currently reading Summer Rental and so far is just as cute.
I have really enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews writing style ... great summer read, take it to the beach, sit back and enjoy!
I have been reading John Sandford for years, when I accidentally walked into a B&N during a scheduled book signing. I love how well he develops all of his characters and creates such realistic (because they're based on real locations) settings. This is another solid Virgil Flowers novel! I won't give any spoilers, but really enjoyed the story, in fact really got me thinking about how tight (and potentially devious) very small communities are, and the thought went through my mind ... hmm, could it really happen? Not two days later, I was flipping through the tv, and came across an old Little House on the Prairie episode, and was SHOCKED at how similar that community was to the "small town" that Virgil was dealing with in this book. Made me think of "Little House" in a whole different light!
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