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Sitting at Starbucks reading about coffee

March 30, 2011 | Chad Conine | Around Town
Sitting at Starbucks reading about coffee

I'm between books at the moment and the book that seems to be screaming at me to read it is "Onward" the Starbucks book.

I first noticed it while working at Starbucks on Tuesday afternoon and then at Barnes and Noble on Tuesday evening and now I'm at a different Starbucks and, of course, there it is again.

The problem is that I don't want to read a book about Starbucks. It sort of feels corporate. I would kind of feel stupid for reading a book about Starbucks, though I bet it's better than I expect. I concede that I spend more time at Starbucks than any other place during my waking hours and that I drink more than one Grande Americano per day. So it's not as if I'm above loving a chain coffee house. But somehow I feel like if I read the Starbucks book I would reach a new level of selling out.

So I'm not going to read the whole thing. But I'll read the first sentence. In fact, I'll even quote the first sentence of the first chapter here.

"One Tuesday afternoon in February 2008, Starbucks closed all of its US stores."

There, isn't that compelling. I would go ahead and quote the first and last sentences but that might violate some sort of copyright law and far be it from me to give away the ending.