Tuesday, May 31, 2016

52 Cups of Coffee - Megan Gebhart

I am sorry, but I forgot where I saw this book recommended.  But I am glad I had an interlibrary loan made to get ahold of a copy of 52 Cups of Coffee.

The introduction to the book starts with the quote, "Who you are in five years depends on the people you meet and the books you read." (Twyla Tharp)

Megan Gebhart was a college senior and embarked on a personal project, to have coffee, once a week for a year, with people she normally wouldn't come in contact with and to write about each encounter on her blog, www.52cups.com.

This project was brave on her part in my opinion.  I couldn't image sitting down with complete strangers and having an intimate conversation for 30 minutes or an hour.  But she did and the results are fantastic.

Each chapter is only three or four pages long and you would think it would be a quick read.  But it isn't.  Because you want to savor each one.  There is a lot of insight packed into each chapter.

The format for the book is the same, chapter to chapter.  The person being interviewed and the place and coffee (or beverage) consumed during the interview.  And a takeaway thought from the chapter, such as, from Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State President, of "Hard work is the currency that buys good fortune."

While reading the book I found myself taking notes on each chapter.  At first, I thought it would be sporadic.  However, looking at my notes, I had something to write about almost every chapter.

This book is now on my 'to-get' list so I can go back and underline and write in it (they tend to frown on that with library books).  And stock up on coffee.

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