The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

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The true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana a by civil war.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101947326
1101947322
9780735274501
0735274509
9781101947319
1101947314
9781101971444
1101971444
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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leslyls
Oct 30, 2018

As a coffee lover I enjoyed learning about the origin of Yemeni coffee. I was very impressed and astounded by the dedication and personal sacrifice that Mokhtar went through to help bring Yemeni coffee to the US and to help Yemeni coffee farmers in Yemen. It is astounding that he is and was able to do so. I am also happy to know that Dave Eggers again is doing something to help the people of Yemen through book sales and the Mokha Foundation. A great read.

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brangwinn
May 02, 2018

Well-written and readable, this account of a Yemani American and his quest to market Yeman coffee hard to put down. All I knew about Yeman is based on the news…and that’s not good. How after going through all he did, all the dangers all the red tape and dealing with farmers, I want to go find some of Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s coffee.

KaiteS_KCMO Apr 20, 2018

Dave Eggers' unaffected, yet cinematic, style of telling a story will have reader/listeners breathlessly following the young, eventful life of Mokhtar. The American-born son of Yemeni immigrants, Mokhtar realized a passion for coffee and his homeland in his early twenties. This story is engaging on the page, thanks to Eggers' ability to skillfully spin a yarn about business, war, and coming-of-age. It is gripping when told in the voice of Dion Graham, a multi-award winning narrator. You won't wish you had those 8 hours back after listening to this book. You'll wish you could hop on a plane to San Francisco and find Mokhtar for a friendly chat over a cup of coffee.

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laphampeak
Mar 26, 2018

Eggers takes the reader on an unusual and intriguing journey of a young wanna be coffee trader hoping to bring Yemen back as the original inventors of coffee. I loved the can do attitude of Moshka and the almost insane ability to escape, closely, from the civil war in Yemen to see him return to his beginnings in San Fransisco where he started as a "doorman" otherwise called the Lobby Ambassador. In one rare escape Eggers writes " His first experience with any watercraft was going to be in a tiny skiff leaving Yemen in the middle of a civil war....They were carrying the first coffee to leave the port of Mokha in eighty years." I love coffee but this book takes it to a level unheard of.

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krsbozo
Feb 28, 2018

I like Dave Eggers, and I liked this book. It tells a compelling tale about a Yemeni-American man in search of a life-goal who becomes convinced that he has a mission to bring Yemeni coffee back into prominence in the world. Along the way, we learn a good deal about the history of the coffee market, the beans, how they are processed, and life in America for a man with strong Yemeni ties and Islamic faith, and life in Yemen as it begins to devolve into sectarian violence. It's a story of survival by luck and quick wits, and has an uplifting ending. In some ways, this happy ending story is one to combat the negative, hate-filled speech we hear about immigrants every day in this country. The hero in this story is someone I would like to meet some day, and Dave Eggers calls him his "brother." The love Eggers has for his protagonist is real and obvious.

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