How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill tells of the former ad exec’s first year at Starbucks. He joined the company when he was 64 and found the work life changing, especially when compared to his previous career as an ad exec. He said the worked helped him re-establish relationships with his children. I enjoyed reading the book and wanting a cup of coffee. I wasn’t surprised to learn that it will soon be a movie with Tom Hanks. It was optioned as a movie before the books was finished, according to Cinematical. The reviews on Amazon also showed that some believe Gates’ story was too good to be believed.